LIEL ABADA has assured Celtic supporters that there is more to come from the midfielder, who went to the Scottish city at the age of 19 and immediately established himself as a first-team regular.
The Israeli recalls his first training session at Celtic being extremely intense, and admits that he initially struggled with Ange’s expectations that his players strive to be the greatest.
Abada is also enrolled in a rigorous course to improve his English skills and broaden his experience at the club.
He seems to have a decent head on his shoulders for such a young boy. To thus point, the winger has performed admirably. Because James Forrest is out injured, he’s gotten more game action than he would have otherwise, but he’s already proven his importance to the club.
Celtic have not yet reached the heights they require and will need to improve in the next month or two if they are to contend for the championship.
Celtic supporters will be pleased with the winger’s mentality, as they are enthusiastic about what he can contribute to the team in the short and long term. He’ll only improve, especially because Liel is plainly modest about the opportunity in front of him.
It’s usually very difficult to integrate so quickly in a new team, but both the players and the staff gave me confidence from the first moment I arrived.” Liel told RecordSport.
“I enjoy it very much here. At first, there were concerns about how I would get on with the language and lack of friends here, but Nir Bitton welcomed me and I immediately started to enjoy it.
“It’s not as simple as people think to move to a country at such a young age. It’s leaving family, friends, everything close to you.
“Fortunately, since I arrived, there are people who are with me – my girlfriend, my uncle, my agent, my sister, her husband and my father who came for a holiday.
“When I got to my first training session at Celtic it had a very high pace and I had a hard time. The level and pace of training were at a very high level, but I got used to it.
“Off the pitch, I am doing language lessons twice a week. Glasgow is very good. There’s everything here in terms of shops and restaurants. The only bad thing is that it is always cold here and it was also very difficult for me at first to drive on the left side of the road.”
Abada continued: “The levels here are much higher than in Israel. At Celtic, the facilities are excellent.
“The fans here are amazing. It’s very exciting for me that they already have a song for me, I need to repay them for the welcome.
“My dad always taught me to work hard for things and I earned the right to move to a great club with a good contract. He’s taught me to keep my feet on the ground.
“There’s no chance of this going to my head because I earn large sums of money now. I always listen to him for his advice.
“He worked from 5am to the evening to try to help me. When I told him I had signed for Celtic he cried down the phone. He is an amazing person and we have a special relationship. We can talk about anything.
“There were other clubs interested in me like Olympiakos and a club in the USA, but I had no regrets at all about signing for Celtic.”
Abada, speaking in a report in the Daily Record, added: “I think I am improving all the time here. I need to get better in the air and physically, too.
“The higher the level of football you play, the more physical it becomes and Scottish football is very fast and tough.
“I’ve been working hard in the gym, too, with the fitness trainer at the club. I am really happy with the way it has gone.”