NEW Bhoy Liel Abada today agreed a five-year deal with Celtic and admitted it will be “an honour” to play for the club.

The 19-year-old Israeli winger completed the deal worth around £3.5million from Maccabi Petah Tikva, as CQN reported earlier today.

Abada, who was on the wanted list of several clubs in Belgium – including Club Brugge – and Germany, is eager to join his new team-mates in training at Lennoxtown on Friday when they return from their three-game pre-season wram-ups in Wales.

The winger, who scored 12 goals for his club last season, told the club website: “This is a huge club and it’s an honour to sign for Celtic. I know the fans are incredible. I have watched some Celtic games in Israel, so I know how amazing these fans are and how special this stadium is.

“I can’t wait to get out on the pitch to play and help my team-mates bring more success to the club.

GREEN FOR GO…new Bhoy Liel Abada is eager to get started. Image courtesy Celtic FC.

“I’m looking forward to meeting my colleagues and and the manager. I have heard great things about the facilities at Lennoxtown, so I’m excited to get out on the training pitch and get down to work.”

The Hoops will play their first home game under Ange Postecoglou on Saturday when 2,000 fans will be allowed into Parkhead to see the friendly against Preston.

Abada added: “Pre-season for me has been good. I was playing international football and have been training in pre-season so I am feeling good and ready to play. I know there are important games very soon, so I will be ready if the manager calls on me.

“My main aim to help the team win the title. That’s my focus and I will give everything I have in training and out on the pitch to help the club achieve this.”

Postecoglou will now turn his focus on Swedish central defender Carl Starfelt of Russian outfit Rubin Kazan as he looks to bolster his signings to four after the arrivals of Adaba and Sheffield Wednesday out-of-contract duo Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide.

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