As Celtic made it through to the next round of European qualification last Thursday, it marked an extremely positive turnaround in Ange Postecoglou’s short tenure at Parkhead.
The Bhoys have bounced back in some fashion over the last few weeks and have now scored 13 goals in their last three matches.
It’s safe to say we’re seeing performances that Celtic sides of old would have been proud of.
However, Thursday night’s clash with Jablonec didn’t come without a negative. That happened to be the fitness of Liel Abada.
The teenager has been exceptional since penning terms this summer and has surpassed expectations already.
Though, he was missing from the squad entirely at Paradise in midweek. Fortunately, Postecoglou has helped to clarify the situation.
In a huge boost to Celtic’s chances on Sunday when they face Hearts in the League Cup, Abada is set to be fit.
Speaking pre-game, the Australian commented: “He pulled up a bit sore yesterday (Wednesday). He’s 19 and we’re throwing him in there.
“He’s been unbelievable but I just felt it was about time to give him a rest. The medical team think he should be alright for Sunday. We erred on the side of caution.”
This is news that is likely to delight supporters given his performances since penning terms on a permanent contract.
Abada has been a breath of fresh air on the right-hand side and in just five outings he’s already contributed to four Celtic goals.
The Israeli scored on his debut against Midtjylland and has continued to put in convincing performances courtesy of his pace, trickery and creativity.
In his two Premiership matches, Abada has registered near-perfect statistics. Via WhoScored, his pass completion rate stands at 95% while he’s racked up four shots and three key passes per match.
Therefore, to have the 19-year-old back against Hearts will be a huge boost. That’s especially when you consider that the Bhoys lost to them on the opening weekend of the new season.
They will need to be at their best if they want to secure their pathway to the next round. Abada returning to the fray should certainly help.