£17m ABADA


CELTIC’S goalscoring Israeli international winger Liel Abada has been valued at a staggering £17million.

The man who believes the worth of the 20-year-old star has soared is Maccabi Petah Tikvah chairman Avi Luzon, who sold the player to the Hoops for £3.5million in July last year.

Abada arrived at Parkhead as one of Ange Postecoglou’s first recruits and hit the ground running with a debut strike in the 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland in July during the Greek-Australian’s first competitive outing as Neil Lennon’s long-term successor.

UP IN THE AIR…Liel Abada attempts an acrobatic overhead-kick.

The lively touchline raider claimed 15 goals and assisted in 11 others in all competitions as he proved to be an excellent purchase.

The Israeli club’s supremo now rates Abada at almost FIVE times the fee they accepted for their hottest prospect.

Luzon made a similar valuation of international regular Manor Solomon after selling him to Shakhtar Donetsk for £5.4m in January 2019.

He predicted a massive hike in the player’s valuation – and has followed up with his verdict on Abada.

SILVERWARE SUCCESS…Liel Abada holds the Premier Sports League Cup, his first trophy with Celtic. The Premiership title arrived at the end of his impressive debut campaign.

Luzon, speaking to local media sports outlet ONE, Luzon said: “When I said that Manor is worth £17million people laughed.

“I was wrong, he is already worth £34m today. Liel’s worth today is much more than what he was sold for – £17m.

“I am sure that they will continue to show their good ability and lead the Israeli national team to a major tournament.

“I love them. I always knew that their place was in the line-up of the senior national team and in the future their place is guaranteed in the line-up.

“I enjoy seeing them, I feel very proud.”

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