Why Brendan’s approach regarding Liel Abada is spot on

Why Brendan Rodgers is taking the right approach regarding Liel Abada…

Celtic v Buckie Thistle – Liel Abada in action at Celtic Park on Sunday January 21, 2024. Photo Andrew Milligan

Liel Abada was left out of the Celtic squad altogether for the Scottish Cup trip to Paisley to take on St Mirren. It led to many tongues wagging when the team sheets were announced and the name of the young Israeli was absent, not surprisingly considering his performances and body language since his return from injury, particularly at Easter Road last Wednesday night.

Brendan Rodgers however explained all after the game and said that he felt it best to leave Liel out and to sit down and have a chat with him during the week. That is the most sensible approach and is good man management by Brendan. There is a feeling amongst some supporters that Liel should be sidelined for the rest of the season and sold on in the summer, but that is not the answer, only a last resort.

Liel Abada reacts after missing a scoring chance. Celtic v Buckie Thistle, Scottish Cup, Celtic Park, 21 Jan 2024 Photo Stuart Wallace Shutterstock

Liel’s mind will be all over the place at the moment for reasons we all understand , and he’s undoubtedly received some unfair pressure from leading figures in Israeli football and media.  That is a lot of pressure for the young man to handle alone. Mental health is a major problem in modern life at the moment and Liel like any other member of society is entitled to support from his workplace.

It’s no laughing matter and deserves to be treated seriously, but Abada is in good hands with Brendan Rodgers. The boy is dealing with some major stress issues at the moment, and deserves to be looked after properly. Brendan taking him out the firing line is a very sensible move. Liel just needs to know he’s loved and a short break out the spotlight should do him the world of good.

Hopefully Brendan’s words of wisdom help and Liel comes back in the right frame of mind fighting fit and ready to contribute to our title challenge.

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