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SHVED IN CELTIC LIMBO

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CELTIC’S forgotten star Marian Shved’s career is in limbo – until the Hoops name their new manager.

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has stalled on his anticipated move to Parkhead which has led to the guessing game kicking off again.

John Kennedy, who stepped in when Neil Lennon departed in February, will continue in charge in an interim basis and is likely to be in the dug-out until the end of the season.

The 37-year-old ex-club and country central defender will be in the hot seat for his sixth game when he takes the holders to Ibrox on Sunday for the Scottish Cup fourth round encounter against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers. The tie, originally scheduled for a 4pm kick-off on Saturday, has moved to Sunday with a 3pm start to avoid a clash of events with the funeral procession for the Duke of Edinburgh the previous day.

Ukrainian winger Shved, who was signed during Brendan Rodgers’ reign in January 2019, has hardly figured with the Glasgow outfit and was put on loan to Belgian club Mechelen at the start of the season.

He got off to a slow start, but has put in some impressive performances since the turn of the year and boss Wouter Vrancken has revealed he wants to extend the raider’s loan spell at the club.

JOY BHOY…Marian Shved in happier times at Celtic.

However, everything has had to be stalled because of the Hoops managerial situation while Shved admitted he was ready to return if no new agreement could be reached between the clubs.

It is believed the Hoops have priced the 23-year-old flanker at £2.5million to make the switch permanent, but that is too high for the Belgians.

They want to discuss another deal for Shved who still has two years to run on his Parkhead contract.

Frustrated gaffer to Vrancken, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We had previously started talks with Celtic about the possibility of extending Marian’s loan here.

“But there is a lot of change going on just now at Celtic.

“There will be a new manager and a new technical director. The people we previously talked to are now gone, so we will have to wait and see.

“Marian has clearly indicated that he would like to stay here. I also think that’s best for him. He needs stability in his career.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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