Celtic 'hopeful' over £15k-a-week star after behind-scenes news at Parkhead

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Celtic will be ‘hoping there’s nothing too sinister’ in winger Liel Abada’s decision to change agent, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The highly-rated 20-year-old has established himself as a key player under manager Ange Postecoglou, and the Hoops will surely want to retain his services for the foreseeable future.

What is the latest news involving Abada?

A recent report from The Sun has claimed that Abada has decided to leave Israeli agent Dudu Dahan for Hussein Al Gaaod’s FSB stable.

FSB’s most high-profile client is former Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who joined Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer, while Celtic’s own Josip Juranovic is also on their books.

Abada’s decision comes in the midst of a purple patch of form and just months after he was tentatively linked with a move to Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.

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However, Celtic remain in an extremely strong position around the negotiating table, given the Israel international’s current £15,000-per-week contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2026.

This latest revelation may spark concern that Abada is angling for an imminent exit from Parkhead, but it could also mean he simply wants to be represented by a different agency.

What has O’Rourke said about Abada?

O’Raourke believes the Celtic hierarchy will be optimistic that Abada’s decision does not mean he is set to seek pastures new in the near future.

He told GiveMeSport: “Obviously, they’ll be thinking there’s a lot of rumours going around when their players switch agents.

“That maybe they’re thinking of moving on, but they’ll be hoping there’s nothing too sinister in this one, that maybe he’s just changed representatives. I think it’s the same agent now as his teammate Juranovic in that respect.”

How big a loss would Abada be?

Celtic snapped Abada up from Maccabi Petah Tikva in July 2021 when he was still a teenager, and he quickly showcased his true potential for the Glasgow giants.

In 54 appearances across all competitions last term, the creative talent registered 15 goals and 11 assists, playing a pivotal part as Postecoglou’s charges lifted the Scottish Premiership title and the League Cup.

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And Ababa has started the current campaign in an equally as impressive fashion, racking up seven goal contributions in his 10 outings to date.

Losing the youngster so early on in his career would be a bitter blow for Celtic, and everyone associated with the club will certainly be hoping that his new agent doesn’t attempt to find a new club for his latest client.  

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