Pundit claims £12m Celtic player doesn’t look happy

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It would be safe to say that several Celtic players have taken a step or two back since Brendan Rodgers replaced Ange Postecoglou as the manager of the club in the summer. A lot has been made about the performances of players like Kyogo, Reo Hatate, Alistair Johnston, Daizen Maeda and more this season.

One player who was expected to benefit from the situation was Liel Abada. It looked like he was finally going to be a regular starter for Celtic with Jota leaving in the summer for Al-Ittihad.

But then Abada ended up suffering a long-term injury. The off-field situation has not helped him either and he has looked like a shadow of himself since returning to action recently. The winger was even left out of the squad in the recent game against St Mirren as he was not in the right frame of mind.

As reported by TBR Football, Gordon Dalziel said about Abada's situation on Clyde Superscoreboard:

"Abada, to me, the other night there it’s just not working for the boy. He doesn’t look happy.

“He’s had a long-term injury, of course, but I don’t think he’s ready to be in a pressure situation just now."

Pundit claims £12 million Celtic player doesn’t look happy

Abada was one of Celtic's most efficient players in the previous two seasons under the management of Postecoglou, even if he was not always a starter. But that has dropped worryingly in this campaign.

To be honest, it would be understandable if Abada wanted to leave Celtic soon. There must be a lot of pressure on him to make a decision about his future right now and the fans should try to look at the situation from his point of view. He is not in a great position at the moment.

Abada was believed to be rated at a transfer fee around £12 million not too long ago. But after his struggles this season, it would be a major surprise if the Hoops were able to bring in that kind of a figure, if they did decide to part ways with the winger next summer.