Celtic got themselves an important away win over St Mirren in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup. The Hoops have not been in good form lately and thus, this could have proven to be a tricky contest for them. The pressure was clear as Brendan Rodgers changed his system, playing Adam Idah and Kyogo Furuhashi together, as the Northern Irishman continues to search for answers.
Kyogo did score on the day while the other goal came from Daizen Maeda. There was an interesting omission from the squad though in Liel Abada.
Abada has been a regular starter in Rodgers' team when he has been fit. But he was nowhere to be seen in the game against St Mirren.
We all know about the issues and the speculation surrounding Abada's future that has come with it. And Rodgers confirmed that the winger was not in right frame of mind.
Celtic exit feels inevitable after Rodgers' comments
As reported by Football Scotland, Rodgers said about Abada:
"He wasn’t in a right frame of mind. So we gave him this chance to have a few days and clear his mind.
"I’ll have a chat with him again next week, see where he’s at."
It is not hard to understand why a youngster like Abada might be having a difficult time at Celtic right now. He headed straight for the tunnel after the game against Hibernian as well instead of celebrating the win with the supporters.
There was speculation about a potential move to England in January but it did not end up transpiring. At this moment, Abada leaving Celtic in the near future feels almost inevitable though.
It is quite clear that the situation is having an effect on him. He had started the season well but has not looked the same since returning from his injury. One of his biggest strengths is his effectiveness in the final third of the pitch but even that has dropped. And if things don't improve soon, it would be understandable if he chose to leave in the summer.