LIEL ABADA is at the centre of a three-way transfer tug-of-war among English Championship sides Southampton, West Brom and Watford.
The Israeli international winger is wanted on a loan switch until the end of the season, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Abada made his first start since September when he played in the 5-0 Scottish Cup romp against Highland League outfit Buckie Thistle at Parkhead on Sunday.
GREEN FOR GO…OR STAY? Liel Abada in action against St Mirren in Paisley in Celtic’s first game of 2024.
He had made his return to first-team action as an 83rd-minute substitute in the 2-1 victory over Philippe Clement’s Ibrox side on December 30 in the east end of Glasgow. He also came off the bench just after the hour mark to replace Daizen Maeda in the 3-0 success over St Mirren in Paisley on January 2.
The report insists the player has found the current state of affairs “challenging” and says the champions may be open to a short-term shift for the wide Bhoy whose circumstances at the club have become difficult due to a small pro-Palestine section among the Hoops support during the ongoing conflict with his country.
It is claimed that top-flight teams in Germany and France are also monitoring the situation with only eight days before the deadline in this transfer window.
The 22-year-old flanker, who was bought by ex-boss Ange Postecoglou in July 2021, signed a new four-year deal in September.
Brendan Rodgers has had private meetings with Abada and the manager said: “He’s a very young guy so he needs help and support. I’m obviously there for him.”