Liel Abada Is One Of Celtic’s “Good Soldiers” On And Off The Pitch.

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I love Liel Abada as a footballer, but he’s also got to be a good person because those are the only type of people Ange brings to Celtic. In the aftermath of the game at the weekend he has spoken to the media.

Everything he said was focussed on the team.

Abada didn’t start at the weekend nor the one before that.

He is in the fight of his life to get into this side, and he knows it, but he isn’t bitching or complaining or demanding more time on the pitch. Instead, he’s doing what good players do.

He’s giving the manager reasons to keep him in the side, by turning it on when the chances come along.

Abada is the classic “good soldier”, the guy who knows that the team comes first, the guy who respects his place in the structure and the chain of command. He knows that footballers sometimes have to be patient, and he’s willing to be.

On top of that, of course, he’s a fantastic player who can make an impact either in the starting line-up or coming on as a sub. The thing is, he’s willing to wait to make that impact, in part I think because he realises he is good enough to do it.

With the size of our squad, we’re going to need good soldiers, guys who realise that they might spend spells out of the team and who will have to be patient.

Guys like Abada are a great example to the rest, because he knows he’s good enough to play every week but still recognises that the manager runs the show and that his chances will come.

We need all the good soldiers we can get. Abada is one of my favourite footballers at Celtic.

Little by little it’s becoming clear that he’s just as impressive off the pitch.

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  • Johnny Green says:

    To be honest, I think we have a full squad of ‘good soldiers’, they all know the score and they all trust their manager to do the right thing. I don’t think anyone will be rocking the boat anytime soon and we are very lucky that we have players with both talent and conviction,

    • Martin H. says:

      He has plenty of time still a very young man.

    • JimBhoy says:

      It’s the type that Ange wants, no diva’s just guys who, when selected entertain and enjoy life at the best club in the world.

  • Pan says:

    I agree with your sentiments, but also with those of Johnny Green. We do have a squad of really good footballers and people who gel as a group. The also have a fantastic leader.

  • Roonsa says:

    I prefer Abada to Maeda. I don’t know what the stats show but my perception is that he is a bigger goal threat than Diazen. I would like to see him get a run till Daizen is back so that he can prove beyond doubt that he’s the better player.

    However, another point is that I prefer Jota out left to wide right. So we move Jota back to his favoured role, imagine the damage he can do. I still think Jamesie Forrest still has a role to play so he can play on the right.

    We do have a good squad. Daizen twanging his hammy would have been bad news last season. This season we can move on as if it didn’t happen.

    I hope Daizen is fit again soon though. We need him. We need everyone.

  • jrm63 says:

    He is very good inside the penalty box and running off the ball. His pace over 1 or 2 yards for that goal was frightening. He needs work in actually running with the ball at pace and his crossing.

  • Paul Sweeney says:

    Think he will score more than Jota in a game ratio percentage

  • Austin Healy says:

    Excellent hardworking young player, great skills and speed,with every penny and is one of those players who generally stay injury free.

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