UEFA clear up Liel Abada IT error that left Celtic fans confused

By Euan Davidson

July 21, 2021

UEFA have confirmed that Liel Abada was not left out of the Celtic squad list, and had been registered properly, according to Andrew Maclean of Radio Clyde.

MacLean tweeted that the mistake had been rectified, and now Liel Abada is listed in Celtic’s Champions League squad [UEFA]. The situation could well have panicked Bhoys supporters. Especially, those who remember the Legia Warsaw debacle of 2014 [BBC].

On that occasion, Celtic were soundly beaten, but Legia played Bartosz Bereszynski in the second leg. His ineligibility led to the Hoops being awarded an aggregate win.

Abada got off to an excellent start to life at Celtic. The Israeli international was sharp and lively from the off, creating chances and scoring a rebound from Ryan Christie’s shot.

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There are other interesting points that emerge from the UEFA squad list. There’s a ‘B List’ of players, notably Academy graduates, who constitute a chunk of the squad. The names include Barry Coffey, Adam Montgomery and Karamoko Dembelé.

Leigh Griffiths and Boli Bolingoli feature in the squad list. However, Olivier Ntcham does not feature, while Kyogo Furuhashi has not yet been registered to compete.

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A sigh of relief for Celtic fans: Liel Abada was eligible the whole time

After all, it would be our luck, wouldn’t it?

Celtic fans will be relieved that the situation has been resolved. For all we knew, Abada hadn’t been named in the UEFA squad to play last night. If anything, it seemed like a bit of dark arts mastery from new boss Ange Postecoglou.

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Instead, not so much. What we did get, though, was a goalscoring performance which bodes well for the future. Showing directness, quickness on the break and urgency, Celtic looked excellent. Abada was a huge part of that, dovetailing with Anthony Ralston and David Turnbull to excellent effect.

His crosses for Ryan Christie could well have yielded a bigger scoreline for the Bhoys.

Provided Celtic get through to the next round of Champions League qualifying, there’ll be a clamour to register Kyogo Furuhashi and possible Carl Starfelt. The Swedish defender shared an Instagram story of him watching the Bhoys take on Midtjylland last night.

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