Celtic TV uploaded an interesting video to their Twitter account this week, featuring an interview with Hoops winger Liel Abada.
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Liel Abada on his special relationship with former Celt, Nir Bitton!
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The Israeli international was speaking about his relationship with his former Hoops mentor Nir Bitton in the clip, and he admitted that he is going to miss the midfielder now that he has left Celtic.
That is understandable, as Abada came over to Scotland as a 19-year-old, and no doubt needed help to get used to moving to a foreign country at such a young age, and his countryman Bitton was the ideal figure to be a mentor for the then teenager.
Whatever influence Bitton had on Abada certainly paid off, as the attacker had an excellent first season at Celtic Park, scoring 15 goals and contributing 11 assists as the Bhoys won the title.
Abada’s form was mostly about how good a player he is, but you have to think that Bitton played a big part in how Abada acclimatised to life in Scotland.
Now that Bitton has returned to Israel, Abada won’t see his mentor in person anymore, but he did reveal in the clip that the duo speak on Facetime often, and you have to imagine that Bitton will remain a big influence on the Hoops winger.
Even though Bitton is no longer at Celtic, Abada can still thrive in his second season at Celtic Park. He might not start every game due to the competition for places in the Hoops squad, but he has already shown in his first season how important a player he can be for the Bhoys.
At the start of last season in particular, he stood up to be counted and scored some key goals whilst the Hoops were struggling to get their season up and running. That showed that he could cope with the pressures of playing for Celtic, which not every player can, as it is a very high pressured environment.
It will be interesting to see if Abada communicates with Bitton ahead of the Hoops return to the Champions League group stages in September, as Bitton has played in the competition for the Hoops.
His advice could be helpful to Abada, who could turn out to be a big player for the Hoops in the group stages, and even though he is no longer a Celtic player, Bitton can still be an influential figure for the Hoops winger.