Liel Abada Celtic Champions League mystery solved after UEFA explains squad roster error
Liel Abada’s surprise inclusion in Ange Postecolgou’s first Celtic XI has been cleared up after UEFA raised its hand.
The Hoops signed the Israeli in time for their Champions League qualification against Midtjylland and it was an administrative error on the part of European football’s governing body.
There was confusion when the Israeli’s name appeared on the official team sheet as it was believed he had not been registered – but Clyde’s Andrew McLean got a response from the governing body.
Postecoglou said ahead of the game: âWe had a few injuries in the wide areas, and Liel came in, he only had two or three sessions. The other advantage he had, he didn’t have to do quarantine, obviously, and he had a preseason in Israel.
âHe looks in good shape.
The 19-year-old went on to score on his competitive debut after his recent Â£ 3.5million transfer to Israel’s side from Maccabi Petah Tikva.
He was Celtic’s peerless player until he was sacrificed following a red card from compatriot Nir Bitton, which forced Postecoglou to change his game plan.
Postecoglou was delighted with Abada’s display and said: âIt was a good start on his part. His movement was intelligent.
âHe took his goal well and was in the right areas, whipped in a few good centers. He literally had two, three sessions with us. It was a promising start. He is a very talented young player who we are looking forward to working with.
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