After an injury-ravaged Celtic aspect scored thrice in Seville within the Europa League just a few days in the past, it was thrilling to see what a fitter Hoops squad may obtain.
They have been fabulous from an offensive perspective final Thursday however have been lacking the likes of Kyogo Furuhashi attributable to damage and Liel Abada due to non secular causes.
The considered Abada returning to the crew on Sunday alongside Jota was a mouth-watering one. Each have been electrifying since signing for the Glaswegian outfit in the summertime, however sadly they couldn’t get going towards lowly Livingston this weekend.
The hosts got here into the sport with only a solitary level to their title however as soon as the full-time whistle was blown, they’d added a tally of three factors to their assortment as they recorded a well-known 1-0 victory.
It was a sluggish efficiency from Ange Postecoglou’s crew, who had considerably of a European hangover.
Ought to Abada be within the beginning XI?
They weren’t fast in transition and struggled to create common alternatives for Albian Ajeti, however it was two gamers who didn’t even play in midweek who have been most disappointing.
Stephen Welsh was crushed to the ball all too simply by Andrew Shinnie for the sport’s solely objective as he bought throughout the younger defender after which rifled dwelling a strong shot.
Celtic’s defensive issues look like mounting however what was most regarding immediately was the attacking play.
Abada was again within the aspect however delivered a poor efficiency in comparison with the excessive requirements he has set since being signed.
In ten matches previous to their encounter with Livi, he had contributed to eight objectives. Sadly, there was no related impression on Sunday.
Livingston arrange with a low block and the Israeli attacker discovered life troublesome in breaking it down.
So typically stuffed with swagger and pizzazz, the winger was a shadow of the participant we’ve seen this season, finishing simply one in every of his 4 dribbles and registering two key passes.
Solely one in every of his eight tried crosses have been profitable, which led to a dismal move success fee of 70%. That occurred to be the worst of any Celtic participant this weekend as he surrendered possession on 18 events.
The 19-year-old was extremely feeble in bodily conditions too, as he was bulldozed at occasions by the Livi defence. He completed the sport having received simply 12.5% of his defensive duels in a shoddy show at Almondvale.
Abada seems to be higher when he has the liberty and area to run in behind however that merely by no means emerged on Sunday.
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