Liel Abada’s celebration at Dingwall – taking his shirt off – was always going to get him a yellow card – and although he reckons it was worth it, these things can come back to haunt you later in the season. Ange might have a quiet word, or simply regard it as an emotional reaction that’s always going to happen.
Making it easy for the card carrying MIBs isn’t that clever really for Celtic players. Reviewing his goal against Ross County, that put enough daylight between the sides to guarantee the win, his celebration and the inevitable caution, the Israeli winger admitted he know it was coming. “I’m always happy to score goals, especially nice ones. Hopefully, I will get more like that one this season. I knew the yellow card was coming after it and I knew I needed to be careful after it,” he said in the post match media conference as reported by Scottish Sun.
Ross County away is one of those fixtures where there is always a real threat that title challengers can drop points, so getting that out of the way with a strong performance and three points safely in the bag is satisfactory to say the least.
“It was a good game,” Abada reckoned. “At the start it was a little bit difficult but in the second half we managed to get chances. As a team, we always believe in ourselves during games and I’m really happy that we managed to win.
“I was happy to score my goal and for the team to get three points. Now we look forward to the next game.”
Abada has come off the bench in both games so far this season at home to Aberdeen last Sunday and on Saturday against Ross County in Dingwall but that’s not a concern for the winger who understands how the manager operates and knows he’ll get his match-time if he keeps working hard and impressing.
“I think there’s a good chance that any of the players who are in the squad can be chosen for the starting line-up,” he stated. “If I’m not one of those, I’ll still do my hard work and be positive. Then when I do have any chance I’m given, I want to make sure I help the team. We have a lot of games to play at Celtic and it’s a long season here. I just look towards my training and then from game to game.
“I played a lot of games last season and after I play I like to do my recovery work so I’m ready for the next one.
“The manager will then do what he thinks is right for each game. When I get the chances, I want to do all the best for myself and the team. I’m happy I did it in this game and all of the boys will now keep going and look forward.
“We just play our football and do our jobs. The manager always gets us ready for each of the games and he tells us what to do when we’re in them. The key is that we look at it from game to game. All the focus just goes on the next game and that’s it.”
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