The media is determined to create the impression that Liel Abada and Celtic are facing a bitter parting of the ways. He may be going at the end of this campaign, but that isn’t certain, but if it does happen it will not be because people are banging the drum for him to do it.
It will be because the player and the club have talked it all out and come to a decision that his career plan has changed and it is no longer compatible with his remaining here.
Ababa is in a weird spot here, and amongst the most horrible I’ve seen one of our players put in. And it stinks to high heaven as far as I’m concerned that it’s his nationality which has put him there and that there is a small segment of our support which seems to want to hold him responsible for the sins of his country. I want to grab these morons and scream in their faces that he’s a footballer not a cabinet minister and he’s never been particularly outspoken or political.
Where some people get the idea that he’s in some kind of huff with our fans and our club, I do not know. But the handful of goons on social media who are determined to hate on this kid are giving the media every weapon they need to keep on pushing that narrative and I am increasingly furious with these people and the rubbish they are talking.
One theory, that he was trying to throw the game the other day, is so absolutely mind bending and moronic that I wanted to scream reading it.
Who actually believes stuff like that? What do you have to have going on in your own life for your brain to come up with that reflexively?
You need to be a hateful bastard to think that way do you not?
That a bad pass from the guy and that is the first thing that pops into your head?
There are extremists in his own country who are trying to force them to leave Celtic with all sorts of crazy talk emanating from some members of his national team.
The perception that we are an anti-Israeli club is not just rubbish, it is dangerous rubbish that we cannot allow to be perpetuated. Yes, I would vote to ban the Israeli national team from international and continental club competitions, but this guy wears our colours, he is our footballer and he deserves our support.
If there are people out there who can’t bring themselves to give it to him then they are also extremists and I would suggest the stadium might be better if they weren’t in it for a while, because Abada is more a part of the fabric than they are because he gets something about Celtic that they don’t; we do not discriminate. We are a club open to all.
For God’s sake get behind this lad.
If his head seems to be a bit all over the place right now, that might be because he has more on his mind than just football and that’s completely understandable.
The pitch is his safe space, it’s where he can focus on nothing else but the ball and as long as he there, and wearing our colours, he should never have to feel less than loved.