“Leaving wasn’t part of my plans,” Liel Abada

Liel Abada last night posted an emotional message on his Instagram account, saying his farewell to Celtic and explaining the difficult situation he found himself in through no fault of his own that led to the parting of the ways.  Abada completed his move to MLS side FC Charlotte before saying his Celtic goodbyes.

Celtic v Aberdeen – Abada and girlfriend Bar Rashti pose with the trophy after the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, on Saturday May 27, 2023. Photo Andrew Milligan

Celtic have secured a decent enough deal in the circumstance, valued at around £10m and all parties can now move on. What looks likely is that Celtic won’t be shopping in the Israeli market for the foreseeable future.

Abada admitted that leaving Celtic was NOT part of his plans and Brendan Rodgers recently told us at the Israeli winger wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play for the club.

Abada explained last night as reported by Celtic Shorts.  “After two and half incredible years, the time has come to bid farewell. Where do I even begin? Leaving Celtic wasn’t in my plans, yet life’s unpredictable turns remind us that we’re not always in control. The past six months have been a personal challenge, yet the overwhelming support from the Gaffer, coaches, and board has been my rock. Their unwavering faith during these times won’t be forgotten but cherished forever.

Celtic v Dundee United –  Liel Abada celebrates scoring their side s fourth goal of the game during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, on Saturday November 5, 2022.Photo Andrew Milligan

“Reflecting on my journey here brings a smile to my face, the trophies lifted, goals celebrated, electric atmospheres, and moments of pure bliss will forever be etched in my memory. To my teammates and staff, thank you for pushing me to excel, not just as a player, but as a person. You’ve all played a pivotal role in shaping who I am today.

“A special shoutout to my family and my girlfriend, whose steadfast support and love have been my guiding light. Arriving in a new country at 19 was daunting, but Niro [Nir BItton] and his family welcomed me with open arms, making Scotland feel like home from day one. Their kindness made all the difference, on and off the pitch.

“To the incredible Israeli community in Glasgow, you’ve given me so much warmth and love. You hold a special place in my heart. And last but not least thank you to all the Celtic fans. Recent times were very difficult for myself and my family but I want to say thank you to all the Celtic fans that stood by me, supported and respected me as a Celtic player and I hope that I have given you few moments to remember me by.

“It is now time to begin a new chapter on my journey in a new place and with new targets. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everything.”

Goodbye to you too Liel and no hard feelings. We wish you and your family all the best and thanks again for the skelpings. Remember, Celtic are the good guys.

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