Celtic look set to let go of the highly-rated youngster on loan after he has found first-team opportunities hard to come by.
With the transfer window open and speculation rife on all sorts of players, a young high scoring winger with a great reputation endorsed by an ex top striker, you’d have to think Celtic and fans would be interested.
Well they are, but most probably in one of the clubs existing squad moving out rather than a new signing coming in. The enigmatic Marian Shved is the player in question, he’s already here and it doesn’t seem to be working out. At what point does it get called as a day and he moves on loan or permanently? Hard choices need to be made at some stage.
Shved signed for Celtic in January 2019, he remained on loan at his previous club Karpaty Lviv until the end of that season. While there in his final season Shved had scored 15 goals with 4 assists from 26 appearances in all competitions. It’s no wonder they’ve expressed an interest in taking him back on loan. He seemed pretty well suited and settled there.
That’s not been the case at Celtic. Rumours of language difficulties, not settling in the UK all persist. He’s certainly had limited first team opportunities at the hoops suggesting he’s not doing anything outstanding at training. There’s an expectation and perhaps realisation that after this long he’ll move on, probably on loan initially.
The Glasgow Times report that clubs in Belgium, Holland and Portugal are all keen and interested and the Celtic are preparing a loan deal for him. At the last window there was talk of trying to make sure any loan allowed english speaking, so he could learn. Which does add a little substance to the language and unsettled rumours.
The Glasgow Times had Shved’s own view recently:
“I am working hard and learning so much. The coaches and manager of Celtic have told me if I keep working hard I will soon start to get minutes on the pitch for them, but it hasn’t happened yet. It was great for me to get on the pitch against Ukraine and hopefully I will get some minutes for Celtic soon too.”
THe Boot Room referenced Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko last June as rating Shved highly, as did many Celtic fans. They haven’t seen much of him since to judge though. Shevchenko reckoned:
“It’s clear he has a lot of talent. There is still work to be done, but he has progressed hugely.”
And many nodded wisely in agreement hoping to see him grab goals in the hoops.
But he hasn’t been selected and so hasn’t shone in matches. The time appears right to help get him back on a pitch via a loan. If we aren’t going to see him on the bench or on the pitch for the hoops then it’s maybe time to move on for both player and club.