Liel Abada has reportedly passed a medical ahead of his £10m Celtic transfer exit.

However, the winger's move to Charlotte FC has been delayed with complex passport procedure to blame for the hold-up.

Abada, 22, is set to leave Celtic for the MLS having struggled to get in the right headspace to play for the Parkhead club amid the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel.

The Israeli forward received an ovation on his return to action for Celtic on December 30 in a 2-1 win against Rangers.

However, off the field matters have led to Abada not being in the right frame of mind to play for Celtic.

It has led to the proposed £10m move to Charlotte with Sky Sports reporting a medical has been completed ahead of the transfer deal.

The Scottish Sun, though, state the deal will be delayed further due to Abada having to obtain a biometric passport to enter the United States.

It means Abada could face a flight back to Israel to obtain the passport before allowed to get his USA visa and formally sign for the MLS club.

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Rodgers said previously of Abada's situation: "I'm really empathetic towards the issue that he has.

"It's more than football, it's at a human level and we have to respect that.

"He's training, he's working but as I said it's all about the mind and if you're not quite right or ready then I can't take any risk with him and protect the squad as well.

"People can talk about what's going on there and then forget about it but that's the reality for him - that's his life.

"Every day and night, families in a war. So it's a really tough situation for him and on a human level I have empathy for him.

"It's my job and we'll do that as I have with a number of players before, take the human aspect, and look after him. When he's ready, if he's ever ready, he'll give us everything.

"Might he have to look for a move or a loan? It's a possibility, we'll see. We'll work together on it."