Opportunity knocks for Yang to establish himself on Celtic’s right wing

Liel Abada being out until next year is a big blow, but one we can live with…

Liel Abada Celtic, JULY 19, 2023 – Football / Soccer : Friendly match between Yokohama F.Marinos 6-4 Celtic FC at Nissan Stadium in Kanagawa, Japan.

Today’s rumour, as already mentioned by Paul Gillespie on The Celtic Star, is that Liel Abada is out until early next year, with the Israeli winger not expect to be back until January or even February. That is of course  a huge blow for Celtic as Liel is obviously seen as an important part of Brendan’s squad – he’s started him in every game under the Irishman – but this is one injury we can live with.

Marco Tilio during the soccer match between the Australian Socceroos and Ecuador, as part of the Socceroos Welcome Home Series, at CommBank Stadium in Sydney, Friday, March 24, 2023. Photo STEVEN MARKHAM

New Bhoys Yang and Marco Tilio can both play in that area and let’s not forget about James Forrest. This is a big opportunity for all three of them, particularly for Yang though, who looks a real talent and is ahead of the other two in the current pecking order, judging by selections so far this season.  The Australian winger is back fit having been signed whilst injured – a risky business that one – but the Celtic manager admitted on his interview with Celtic TV this week (watch below) that Marco will take some time to get up to speed.

Celtic v Ross County – cinch Premiership – Celtic Park Ross Countys Ross Laidlaw saves a shot from Celtics James Forrest during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park,  Saturday August 5, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

Obviously we know what James Forrest can do, but it would be fair to say he’s not what he used to be, and Marco Tilio is still an unknown quantity until we get to see him play. My money’s on Yang to get the nod, but the fact we’ve got Marco and James and even fit again Mikey Johnston who can also play that position should be enough to cover for the loss of Abada.

22nd March 2023 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland: International Football Friendly, Republic of Ireland versus Latvia Mikey Johnston of Ireland brings down a high ball. Photo ActionPlus – Peter Fitzpatrick
Celtic v Motherwell – cinch Premiership – Celtic Park Celtics Rocco Vata during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Saturday April 22, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

And it may offer Rocco Vata a chance to break into the Celtic first team, despite his ongoing pathway frustrations at Celtic. Vata made his u21 debut for Ireland this week and scored twice.

That’s why Celtic have a big squad to prepare for situations such as this. Let’s hope those who are available can step up, starting with Yang on Saturday against Dundee at Celtic Park.

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