LIEL ABADA has revealed his big dream is to play for Liverpool – but insisted Mo Salah doesn’t have to worry about his first-team place just yet.

The lively little winger arrived at Celtic in a £3.5million switch from Israeli top-flight club Maccabi Petah Tikva and made an instant impact when he netted on his debut against FC Midtjylland in the Champions League qualifier at Parkhead in July.

Unfortunately, his promising first appearance was cut short by the foolish red card for his compatriot Nir Bitton just before the interval in the 1-1 first leg stalemate.

Abada, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Sunday by playing his part in the 2-1 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie, has collected five more goals after hitting the ground running in Glasgow.

ON A WING AND A PRAYER…Liel Abada in a reflective moment in the 1-1 draw with Dundee United at Parkhead.

The entertaining wide Bhoy candidly admitted: “My dream was and remains to play in England, in one of the teams in the Premier League.

“The biggest dream is Liverpool, but I have to keep working hard at Celtic to prove myself and take it step by step. Should Mo Salah worry? From me? No! He is a super player.”

Abada recalled his disbelief when the moment arrived to pen his contract with Ange Postecoglou’s revamped Parkhead squad.

He said: “I remember arriving at a restaurant and I was shown the contract. I grabbed my head. I knew my dream was coming true.

“Anyone who hasn’t been to Celtic Park does not understand what an atmosphere is. You do not understand what a shiver it gives. My song, too, and when they shout ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. It’s hard for me to even explain in words.”

MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF…Liel Abada has hit the ground running since his move from Israel.

Abada could face team-mates Callum McGregor and David Turnbull in the World Cup qualifier at Hampden on Saturday when his nation take on Steve Clarke’s Scotland line-up.

Speaking to Israeli media outlet sport5.co.il, added: “I will wait patiently for my minutes. I work hard in training to prove I deserve to play.

“No matter how many minutes the coach gives me, I will try to prove my place on the field.

“I haven’t been to Hampden yet, but I am told the atmosphere is extraordinary. The games against Scotland are always close. It will be tough, with a noisy and enthusiastic crowd.

“But we have to play our game and I believe we can win.”



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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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