The Israeli extreme Liel Abada, one of the emerging figures of the Glasgow Celtic, has not traveled with the rest of the campus to Seville “for religious reasons”, as confirmed at a press conference by the coach of the Scottish club, the Greek Ante Postecoglou. Abada, 19 years old and an absolute international with Israel, practices Judaism in a severe way and that is why he must maintain during this Wednesday and until Thursday evening the precepts of the Yom Kippur: fasting, prayer, abstaining from physical pleasures and work, including playing soccer.
That of Abbey will be a significant drop in the ranks of the Celtic, because the Israeli has four goals and four assists already in the 10 official matches he has played. It came this summer from Maccabi Petach Tikva, in exchange for four million euros. “It is not good to lose him, he is a very important player for us today,” said the coach. Postecoglou, who for days has not been able to count on the team’s top scorer, the Japanese Kyogo furuhashi, injured with his team in the last window of international matches and goes down for at least a month.
“We are going through a period in which we suffered significant casualties, but it has been common since I arrived here. We are in constant change and we have not been able to settle down,” said the Greek coach of the Celtic, who also loses the left-handed side Greg taylor and the captain Callum mcgregor in midfield due to injury, although he recovers the right back Anthony Ralston.
“There is a historical significance for us in returning to Seville. It is an opportunity to test ourselves against a very good team, and away from home. We are looking forward to the match,” he concluded Postecoglou, with praise towards him Betis and remembering the UEFA Cup final lost in Seville before him Porto in 2003 by Celtic, which in 1967 became the first British team to win the European Cup, defeating the Inter de Milan, then losing the 1970 final to him Feyenoord.