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‘AMAZING’: WHY ABADA IS SUCH A HAPPY BHOY

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CELTIC’S new £3.5million winger Liel Abada admitted he was a happy Bhoy after meeting his new team-mates in training at Lennoxtown today.

Ange Postecoglou kept a watchful eye on the 19-year-old who agreed a five-year deal as he arrived from top-flight outfit Maccabi Petah Tikva in midweek.

Abada, who scored 12 goals for his club last season, said: “I’m really very happy to be here and all of the team received me in a warm way, we have a very good feeling and I feel like I am at home.

“I have a lot of emotion and I am very excited to be with this big club. I practiced for the first time today and I am really very happy to be here among everyone.”

Abada’s fellow-countryman Nir Bitton was also on hand to welcome the teen ace who said: “Of course, I had a discussion with Nir after I had signed the contract and he explained about this amazing place and I really hope that we will have a lot of success together.

“I believe that it’s always a help when you have somebody to give you a little help with integration and together I think it will bring me what I need to have better communication in integrating.

HOOPY DAZE…Liel Abada holds aloft his new Celtic shirt.

“It’s amazing for me to arrive at such a big club as Celtic, it’s really a dream and I know this club and its supporters have a really big name. I really want to show this club and the supporters what I am able to do. I hope that it will arrive with a nice result.

“I know I will give 100 per cent of myself in every practice and every game. I will try to give my confidence and potential to the club and I really hope and want that this will bring good results.”

Abada stressed his versatility and, speaking to the club website, added: “I think I am strongest of the right side of the pitch, but I can play in attack or I can also play on the left side, and I will do what the coach will ask me to do. I will try to give the best of myself to the team.

“Today I had a very good discussion with the manager and I am very happy and excited about this.

“It was just last week that I received the information that the club was interested in me and that the coach wanted me, so I didn’t have to think twice, I immediately said yes and I arrived one week after the approach.”

Postecoglou has already stated he expects Abada to hit the ground running in his career in Glasgow.

The youngster’s arrival adds more uncertainty of the future of Maryan Shved who has barely been seen since his £2million move from the Ukraine in January 2019.

He spent last season on loan at Belgian outfit Mechelin and it could be he will head back there on another temporary switch.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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