LIEL ABADA has opened up on the transfer speculation which has followed him around for months.
Celtic’s Israeli international goalscoring winger insists he is “really happy” and in “no rush” to quit the champions after being linked with Ajax and clubs in the English Premier League.
Abada, one of Ange Postecoglou’s first buys for the club when he arrived in a £3.75million five-year deal from Maccabi Petah Tikva in July 2021, has scored 12 goals this season, but has struggled for game time since the turn of the year while he has also struggled with fitness issues.
CROWNING GLORY…Liel Abada and Sead Haksabanovic celebrate Celtic’s second successive title triumph at Tynecastle on Sunday.
The 21-year-old wide Bhoy, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I am focused on getting the three trophies and this is the most important thing now.
“I am really happy at Celtic. Everyone looks after me and tries to help me get better. My relationships with the players and staff are very good. So, I am really happy here. There is no rush.
“I have time. Right now we just focus on finishing the season strong. When you play at a club like Celtic, there are a lot of great players, you have a lot of competition.
“But I am still young and I want to work hard every training session, every game, and help the team get our targets.
“It is the coach’s decision and, when the gaffer tells me I need to play, I will do the best for the team and try to get our target.”
Abada had a 10-minute cameo when he replaced Filipe Jota in the 2-0 title-clinching triumph over Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday and could be in his manager’s thoughts to start at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.
The raider fired in a first-half double in the opening derby of the campaign when the champions enjoyed a 4-0 romp in the east end of Glasgow in September.