When Liel Abada arrived at Celtic, Nir Bitton took the then-teenager under his wing and helped him settle in in his new surroundings.
However, news of Bitton’s departure had seemed to affect Abada, tearing up in a recent interview where he discussed how much he missed his ‘big brother’ but revealed the pair are in regular contact.
Ange Postecoglou isn’t too concerned about Abada’s loss; after all, he’s a grown man now. The whole squad are there for each other, and they continue to be. They’re a great group of guys.
“I get that to a certain extent, but I think Liel is just being honest about his feelings. I do not think Liel needs any protection from anyone.
“He does not need a big brother. He can take care of himself. He was wearing his big boy pants last year when he was thrown in and banging in goals and providing assists.
“He was obviously very close with Niro, who was fantastic with him, particularly in terms of helping him settle in. Liel knows what he wants to achieve in this game.
“We try and create a club environment of support for all our players, whether they are foreign or from just down the road. We have a supportive network for all of them and can provide any help they need.”
Abada Loving Life at Celtic
The young winger is still committed to Celtic, looking to improve upon last year’s numbers. Bitton’s exit hasn’t unsettled the player, despite the media trying to portray it in that light.
The Israeli hasn’t done his chances of starting the game against Kilmarnock next weekend after playing the full second half in Dingwall and scoring a very nice goal.