Celtic’s commitment to Liel Abada is a significant step forward in the relationship between club and player, especially now it has emerged that the Bhoys rejected a £7m offer for him.

The Scottish Sun reports that was the late bid from Sporting Lisbon before the Israeli winger was persuaded to put pen to paper on a four-year deal until the summer of 2027.

There have been many reports on Abada’s future over the last 12 months. At one stage it looked like he was destined for a summer exit.

However, the arrival of Brendan Rodgers appears to have rejuvenated his appetite to stay at the Scottish champions and become an even more consistent force in the Hoops attack.

The attacker has netted 29 goals and assisted 21 more times in 105 appearances for Celtic, with many of those involvements coming off the bench.

Remarkably still just 21, he now has a great chance to take his overall game to new heights under the manager and realise his potential in Glasgow. The prospect of a big sale down the line remains strong.

If he performs at a high level, Celtic could one day bank much more than the £7m apparently on offer from Portugal at the end of this transfer window.

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Abada and the club now have a bit of security to move forward positively. Hopefully, it is security to the benefit of his on-pitch performances.

The Celtic attack hasn’t quite clicked in unison since Rodgers’ arrival but Abada will be a big part of any turnaround, including any hope of a strong result at Ibrox against Rangers this weekend.

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