Celtic star helps nation qualify for European Championship

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Celtic winger Liel Abada helped the Israeli Under-21s reach the final of the 2023 European Championship which will be held in Georgia/Romania next summer.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a blistering 12 months since moving to Glasgow as one of the first key elements in Ange Postecoglou’s transfer business.

Abada enjoyed a brilliant 2021/22 campaign, providing 26 goal contributions in his 54 appearances, helping the Bhoys win the League and the Cup.

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After just ten games this season, the wide player is on course for another impressive tally, having already scored six Scottish Premiership goals.

This kind of form is usually enough to get you called up to the senior men’s national team, and that’s exactly what happened in Abada’s case.

The talented winger has been tipped to become one of the country’s leading attacking stars after making his first start for his country earlier this year and scoring in a win over Iceland.

Last Saturday, Abada featured for Israel as they secured promotion to the UEFA Nations League with a 2-1 victory against Albania.

For the rest of his international teammates, a friendly match against Malta took place on Tuesday. However, Abada has been asked to help the Israel Under-21 side as they aim to qualify for the European Championships next year.

Israel faced a talented Irish side, and with the score tied after the first leg, Abada’s availability was likely to be a huge boost.

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Ahead of the match, it was feared the Celtic man was unavailable after picking up a knock while away with the first team.

However, much to the relief of Celtic supporters, the striker was named in the Under-21 starting XI as they bid to qualify.

Abada played 97 minutes of the game as he went into extra time and penalty shootout with both teams level and was not separated in the 120 minutes of play.

In the end, it was Israel who came out on top, winning 3-1 in the shootout, and they will now head to the European Championships to be held in Georgia/Romania next summer.

By the time the competition rolls around, Abada will still be available to play his role, which could see him jet off to play for his nation.

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Liel Abada’s tiring international break could mean the winger misses the game at Motherwell.

Although Celtic fans were delighted to see the Wideman feature for his nation, meaning his injury was not as bad as initially feared, his involvement in extra time could see him miss the return of the Champions League. Bhoys at National Action on Saturday.

Abada was knocked out early in extra time with his coach claiming the winger was exhausted after coming on with a knock and playing his part for 97 minutes in the game.

The depth of attack that Ange Postecoglou has probably means that if Abada is fit enough for this weekend’s game, he will be rested.

The Hoops have an extremely busy schedule ahead of them in the weeks and months ahead, so the Celtic boss will want all of his players fit and ready to go.

Abada will be buzzing with this achievement anyway, and he will be eager to get back to playing at Celtic Park.

Congratulations to the winger on qualifying, and I’m sure a place in the squad will be open to him next summer.

In other news, The referee is ready for Celtic’s first game of the season in the Motherwell clash.

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