This won’t be Abdul’s first experience of football in Scotland. He was part of the Gretna side that played in the SPL in season 2007-2008; his time at the ill-fated club ending at the conclusion of that season when the club folded.
There was no shortage of interest, however, and Abdul joined Northampton Town in time for the start of the following season. In total Abdul, who started his career in the UK with Maidenhead United, spent three years with Northampton clocking up 118 first team appearances. One of those 118 appearances came in the Carling Cup against Liverpool at Anfield when Abdul sank the winning penalty as Liverpool were eliminated on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
After leaving Northampton Abdul spent a season in Greece with Kerkyra before returning to England in the summer of 2012 when he signed for Crewe Alexandra.
During his time with Crewe, Abdul was a mainstay in their side making 80 first team appearances for the League One side, 36 of them in 2013/14.
After impressing during a trial spell with the club, Abdul signed a one year contract at Firhill. His impact on the Thistle support was immediate and his consistency saw him play every competitive minute for the remainder of 2014. Abdul was handed the captains armband in February 2015; a move which propelled his displays onto an even greater level and he shown in the heart of the midfield. It was therefore met with great delight when he signed a new one year deal with the club in May 2015, shortly after the club had secured it’s Premiership status.
Abdul’s performances had not gone unnoticed by the fans and he won numerous awards at the Player of the Year dance as well as securing the McCrea Financial Services Player of the Year award for 2014/15.