LIEL ABADA signed off his Celtic career with an emotional farewell after his £8million move to MLS outfit Charlotte FC had been confirmed.

The 22-year-old Israel international winger made an instant impact when he joined the Hoops in July 2021 and scored the first goal in Ange Postecoglou’s reign.

Abada flashed one into the FC Midtjylland net to give his new side the lead in the Champion League qualifier at Parkhead, but a blunder from keeper Vasilis Barkas gifted the Danes an equaliser.

Postecoglou saw his team lose 2-1 in extra-time in the second leg to stumble at the first hurdle in their European quest.

However, Abada played his role in Celtic’s extraordinary league and Cup double and he was in the thick of it again last term as the Parkhead men claimed world history as the first team to win eight domestic trebles.

LOVE STORY…Liel Abada sends a message to the Celtic support.

Abada took to Instagram to say a heartfelt goodbye.

The goalscoring wide Bhoy wrote: “After 2 and half incredible years, the time has come to bid farewell.

“Where do I even begin? Leaving Celtic wasn’t in my plans, yet life’s unpredictable turns remind us that we’re not always in control. The past six months have been a personal challenge, yet the overwhelming support from the Gaffer, coaches, and board has been my rock.

“Their unwavering faith during these times won’t be forgotten but cherished forever.

“Reflecting on my journey here brings a smile to my face, the trophies lifted, goals celebrated, electric atmospheres, and moments of pure bliss will forever be etched in my memory.

“To my teammates and staff, thank you for pushing me to excel, not just as a player, but as a person. You’ve all played a pivotal role in shaping who I am today.

TREBLE YELL…Liel Abada holds aloft the Scottish Cup as Celtic celebrate becoming the first club in the world to achieve eight domestic clean sweeps. 

“A special shoutout to my family and my girlfriend, whose steadfast support and love have been my guiding light.

“Arriving in a new country at 19 was daunting, but Niro [Nir Bitton] and his family welcomed me with open arms, making Scotland feel like home from day one. Their kindness made all the difference, on and off the pitch.

“To the incredible Israeli community in Glasgow, you’ve given me so much warmth and love. You hold a special place in my heart.

“And last but not least thank you to all the Celtic fans. Recent times were very difficult for myself and my family but I want to say thank you to all the Celtic fans that stood by me, supported and respected me as a Celtic player and I hope that I have given you few moments to remember me by.

“It is now time to begin a new chapter on my journey in a new place and with new targets.

“Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everything.”


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