Celtic ended St Johnstone’s reign as League Cup champions in Scotland with a 1-0 win at Hampden Park.
The victory marks Ange Postecoglou’s maiden final in Scottish football, and sets up a potential mouth-watering final.
Rangers will take on Hibernian in the other semi-final, potentially giving us the Old Firm in a cup final! No disrespect to Hibs fans but that would be a showpiece final most would want to see.
Despite a professional 1-0 win, it wasn’t all good for Celtic, with supporters unhappy with Liel Abada. The Israeli winger was under fire for his performance from the Celtic faithful.
How did the Celtic fans react to Abada’s performance?
“St Johnstone are a well drilled, tough nut to crack, they can be dirty in the tackle but they do well… Chuffed for Forrest to get his goal, time to drop Abada?” @scoblerone10
“A half fit Forrest is twice the player Abada is. Needs to start every game now.” @ghosty1879
“Liel Abada is a good player but Forrest would be my choice for Leverkusen on Thursday night.” @ordinarybhoy
“Abada is an odd winger. Seems to struggle when faced with a defender one-on-one from a standing start. Which might be an issue against most teams we face who defend deep.” @JamesRichards27
“Abada could do with a wee rest, very ineffective for much of the game today.” @TAgnew96
“Abada was woeful… He needs to come short and go long ball in to feet all the time doesn’t work.” @davidd121180
“Abada empty jersey. Also midfield were very static. Need reinforcements” @mwillmott68
“The was pretty obvious, Abada looked very lightweight… Ugly win, but a wins a win” @chauzelmac
Evidently uninspired by his performance, they don’t want him starting on Thursday in the Europa League in Germany. Celtic take on Bayer Leverkusen in their penultimate group game that is effectively a must win – if they fail to do so then it could be all over for them if Real Betis win their match.
Still only 20 years of age, there’s still time for Abada, and he can learn from James Forrest and hopefully improve.