Liel Abada signing makes Marian Shved's Celtic future look ominous

By David Walton

July 15, 2021

Liel Abada signing up for the long-term is surely the final blow for Marian Shved’s Celtic future.

Things have been looking ominous for him for some time. The Ukrainian hasn’t been seen in pre-season and doesn’t look as though he went with the first-team squad to Wales last week.

Ange Postecoglou’s arrival as manager looked like being a new start for everyone. Yet Shved doesn’t seem to be anywhere near things at the moment.

What was even more baffling about Shved’s exclusion from Wales was our lack of options at right-wing. In the player’s favoured position, we’re missing key personnel. James Forrest didn’t make the trip either, whilst Karamoko Dembele was the only out-and-out right-winger brought on the trip.

Now, Celtic have also added Abada to the ranks. The exciting Israeli teenager looks ready to make an impact at Parkhead immediately. And that only nudges Shved further to the exit door.

It’s not as if he doesn’t have suitors. KV Mechelen, who Shved was on loan to last year, want him back. Their manager, Wouter Vrancken, believes the player is itching to return to Belgium too [HLN].

Marian Shved’s Celtic future looks non-existent

If there was nobody interested in the player, that would make it a different story. But he clearly isn’t fancied at Celtic and is wanted elsewhere. If Shved is also up for a move back to last season’s loan club, then there’s only one solution for all parties.

Moving forward this season, Celtic will have Forrest, Dembele, and Abada pushing for places. There’s no room now for Shved to muscle his way in. And if he was nowhere near things before, there’s not a chance we see him moving forward.

Not making the squad for Wales was a huge red flag. Not making a single appearance in pre-season didn’t look great either. And now the signing of Abada should be the final nail.

Marian Shved: likely to leave / Photo by YORICK JANSENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Many will argue that Shved simply didn’t get a chance. That there were times last season when we could’ve used him given Forrest’s injury. It’s difficult to argue that case too.

But we’re now in a position where all parties almost certainly want the deal to happen. There’s no reason for Celtic to want to keep Shved rooted to Glasgow given their lack of interest in playing him.

So as we continue to await a final decision on the player’s future, it all looks pretty certain from the outside what’s about to happen. Shved will soon be a Celtic player no longer.

In other news: ANGE Postecoglou discusses managing at Celtic Park for the first time