Abada indicates Postecoglou, McKay, direction


Celtic made the first significant spend of the Ange Postecoglou and Dom McKay era yesterday by splashing £3.5m on Israeli winger, Liel Abada.  The 19-year-old has made 48 career starts and 19 substitute appearances in senior football, all for Maccabi Petah Tikva.

After Liam Shaw (20) and Osaze Urhoghide (21 this month) joined from Sheffield Wednesday for training compensation fees, Abada’s signing is further indication that Celtic are intent on developing a team, rather than attempting to buy finished articles (like the definitely finished Shane Duffy).  Two years from now, we should see the benefits of this approach, but as you know, there is a lot of football to be played before then.

What can you tell about a player who has played as few games as Liel, all of them in Israel?  Israeli football is not a backwater, it is strong enough to test a teenage talent but the volume written about 48 starts will be a short book.  With added travel restrictions, we can be sure he has not been watched often.

We are in familiar territory in signing players after so few appearances.  Virgil van Dijk made 63 starts before signing for Celtic.  Since then, the window before players with speculative potential reach eye-watering prices has shrunk.  If we left Liel another year, we may find his progressed stalled, or that he has moved out our price range.  We are going to kiss a lot of frogs when shopping in this sector, which is OK.

I had hoped Leigh Griffiths would remain at Celtic this season and was pleased when he signed a new one-year deal earlier this month – what feels like a long time ago.  For me, yesterday’s news that he will not face criminal proceedings does not restore his position as a Celtic player.  Better for all that he finds a new club as soon as possible.

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  1. Welcome Kyogo.



    Let’s get more in. Spend. Spend. Spend.



    We will get cash back if we win the league plus players sold, ST cash plus sponsorship cash 100 million easy.



    I know about wages etc but still plenty to spend.



    D :)

  2. lionroars67 on 16th July 2021 6:46 am



    Good morning CQN


    Ange as demonstrated in our last friendly wants a fast tempo possession game with a high press plan



    Keep the ball, if lose it, win it back very quickly through the press, we won’t have a big physical team under Ange, technical ability and high levels of fitness will be the cornerstones of the Ange revolution, the builder is in the early stages of his Celtic rebuild, to soon to judge



    PL has been in charge and is still carrying out transfer business, anybody believing the propaganda that our new rugger CEO is doing the deals I have a bridge to sell, however, It appears we are getting Ange first signing from Japan, highly rated by Iniesta no less






    Good luck to Kriss Ajer looks like his Celtic career is at an end, a Ronny Delia prospect brought from Delias native Norway is bringing much-needed cash to the PL CEO retirement plan (wee smiley face) Kriss is still young enough to grow as a player has all the attributes, height, pace, energy, attitude, technical abilty, the EPL will provide the platform to grow notwithstanding increased earnings obviously a big factor, some of the footballing nonsense on Celtic social media about Ajer is laughable, right up there with I would run Van Dijk and Denayer to the airport, that was a CQN poster



    Excellent read spelling out the cronyism and attitudes of broken Britain



    Brideshead Britain






    There will be a troll along soon to tell you all Bojo is just misunderstood


    Have a good day





    Excellent post.

  3. Right aff oot with she who must be obeyed before afternoon tea with the chaps.






    D :)

  4. glendalystonsils on

    I’m really pissed off with our signing policy .



    I mean , how are we supposed to spell all these long names !



    Ridiculous so it is .

  5. onenightinlisbon on




    Aye Jan Venegoor of Hesselink was much easier!

  6. CardboardCSC on

    Welcome to the greatest club in the world kyogo ☘ and no prior mention on newsnow about protracted negotiations and dithering from Celtic 😲

  7. Big Jimmy



    My train arrives at 2:19 so i`ll be at the pub about 2;30. My brother will be joining us as well.



    Remember those distant days when Celtic existed to excel as a football team rather than a player churn factory that generates financial returns to a PLC?”




    Did you ever speak about that excellence in those distant days ?

  9. The signing also again shows that excitement can come from absolutely anywhere at Celtic this summer. No one really had a clue about this one until the Japanese club posted a fee agreement.





    Credit to the Board.

  10. EMERALDBEE – The baldy one said he is waiting to see if Griff leaves as he’s jealous of his transplant.

  11. Here we Kyogo !



    I know it smacks of stereotyping but I feel Japanese players work incredibly hard.If the more negative members of our support don`t turn on him, I feel we have a smashing wee player here.

  12. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    I think I’m turning Japanese


    I think I’m turning Japanese


    I really think so



    From the highlights video, Kyogo Furuhashi looks like a belter of a wee player – me and WeeBGFC are thrilled. Left foot, right foot, pace, intelligence, speed – wee man looks great. And loads of goals from outside the box – finally!!!



    More wee nippy, skillful, buzzing about Japanese players please – take the SPL by storm – they won’t know what’s hit them!!!!







  13. On a glorious Somerset morning, where the Sun already shines brighter than Graham Souness teeth and a light mist sits over the earth as perfectly as Souney’s wig……………this is at last good signing news from The Celts.


    Now………..off out to top up me tan……..just like…………………?

  14. still no singings, it is going to be a cool cool summer.



    leaving me here on my own




    banananrama csc.



    is today glesga ferr friday ?

  15. What are the huns all about offer a million less for a player than a bid already submitted !!!…..

  16. Wondering when it was going to happen?



    Struggling to get certain players in so it was only a matter of time before we tried the Japanese market. AP knows it pretty well and it offers variety and value that we desperately need.



    Was hoping that we were going to bring in the CB that was mentioned.


    However with LG soiling the bed again and AA a one man band it is a great signing.



    Interested to see the value proposition compared to the Hibbee that was on offer.


    Anyway — hope he settles down quickly and silences the doubters out there over the quality of the J League.



    My thoughts — we should look for more recruits in that part of the world.


    Double dunt — good players in plus marketing.

  17. HOT SMOKED on 16TH JULY 2021 9:42 AM


    Big Jimmy







    My train arrives at 2:19 so i`ll be at the pub about 2;30. My brother will be joining us as well.




    Okay mate.



  18. SQUIRE DANAHER on 16TH JULY 2021 10:21 AM


    Big Jimmy







    Enjoy your beers today m8 and behave yersel ha ha




    Nae Chance !




    HH Mate.

  19. Would it be possible to do a green and white version of the Japanese flag?


    Just to make him feel at home along with the golf memberships and the Katsu curry out of Farmfoods.



    Maybe now Glasgow will get a branch of Pepper Lunch?


    Top quality scran even if the health and safety is a bit challenging.

  20. Kyogo FULLOF AHSHI…


    Plays with his HEID UP…I like that.


    It looks like he can play a pass also…that what players can do when the LIFT their HEID !


    Welcome KYOGO.



  21. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Wednesday – who?



    Friday – superstar !



    Kyogo – Welcome. It’s just how it is.



    Ange knows you.



    You’re currently the top scorer in a higher standard league than the SPFL.



    That’ll do for me.



    Another small step.



    Dom got HIS man.



    Now Ange is starting to get his guys.




    PS – enjoyed the quips about the SMSM and Newsnow click baiters.



    Ignorant hacks fumbling around in the dark with a web browser and a flash card with “dither” on it.



    The way we’ve gone about our business here merely reaffirms their irrelevance.

  22. Big Jimmy


    On the Megabus to Weegieland! Should be there around 1.30pm. Looking forward to it immensely.



  23. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Can we register him for the CL qualifier and fly him straight to Denmark for the second leg?

  24. Big Jimmy et al,



    Enjoy your swally.


    Sorry I can’t join you, but still at pesky work and not home until another 2 weeks.



    Enjoy guys,and make memories.




  25. Welcome to Celtic Kyogo Furuhashi! Our new Japanese Bhoy!



    For thise partaking in a swally today, have a great day, hope you’ve got an outdoor seat, the weather is set to be fine.

  26. Go tell the Spartim on

    Don’t you just love it when the first the bigoted SMSM (esp the BBC) find out is once we tweet about it.



    He looks a player, welcome Kyogo



    Hopefully defensive reinforcements to come (I know, I can’t just live in the moment)

  27. celticforever on

    hopefully he calls Nakamura who I am sure will give


    positive reports of paradise