After Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Mytolene in the Champions League qualifiers, the two Israeli players of the Scots, Liel Abda and Nir Bitton, were at the center of the conversation, each for his own reason. While the new acquisition from Maccabi Petah Tikva scored his first goal in the green at the official debut, the experienced stopper was sent off after a silly confrontation with his opponent. Following Bitton’s red card, which left Anja Postkoglou’s team with a numerical disadvantage and no brakes, Abda was replaced even before the end of the first half.
The Scottish fans complimented the young talent who stood out already in the first performance in front of the home crowd, and even stated that she worked “almost and restored the relationship between Celtic fans and Israel.” In addition, on social media presented Abda’s full personal statistics in the first half, which included, among other things, one goal, two kicks, three key passes. Ex-Maccabi Petah Tikva’s friend in the Israeli national team, Yonatan Cohen, is also happy for the 19-year-old player.
Abda’s coach, Anja Postkoglu, Complimented him after the great debut: “Liel was intelligent in his movement, scored a beautiful goal and created a number of good chances, so it was a very promising start.”
🇮🇱 Liel Abada (19) in his CelticFC debut v. FC Midjtylland:
☑️ 45 minutes
⚽️ 1 goal
🚀 2 shots
🔑 3 key passes
↩️ 2/2 crosses
🦶 22 touches
Unfortunate to be tactically sacrificed after a Bitton ejection but he has given Celtic the lead & impressed on day one. pic.twitter.com/3fNWFfKQCG
— Football Wonderkids (fbwonderkids) July 20, 2021
Liel worked 😍
— Yonatan Cohen (yonatancohen17) July 20, 2021
Compared to Abda, Nir Bitton received a lot of criticism following the red card he received. Ex The Greens, John Hartson, Who is remembered mainly because of the incident with Eyal Berkowitz from his time at West Ham, criticized the Israeli stopper: “Madness on the part of Nir Bitton. It’s a second yellow that could easily have been a direct red as well. “His under the bus after it went up to 0: 1. This is Bitton’s stupidity.”
BBC commentator, Tom English, Also did not feel sorry: “Nir Bitton is an experienced player and he sold his teammates. To react like that is stupid. I do not believe that Abda actually had to be replaced. His evening was shortened because of Bitton. Abda was the best player in the game and I am sure Celtic fans enjoyed watching Bo and the Metiolan players were harassed by him. ”
The Scottish Sun also criticized and wrote: “A moment of stupidity on his part on the part of Bitton. You could see the nerves on his face after Dreyer tried to cheat and dive, but it’s so stupid on the part of Brake. It’s just Bitton’s stupidity. There’s no other word for it. “.