One of the biggest weaknesses in the Celtic squad right now is at right-wing. James Forrest has been sidelined with an injury for months and the Hoops do not have adequate back up to fill the void left by him.
Neil Lennon had deployed Jeremie Frimpong there on multiple occasions but now that even he has left the club, they must go out and sign a right-winger. Of course, the answer might have always been under Celtic’s noses in the form of Marian Shved but he is currently away on loan at Belgian side KV Mechelen.
Earlier in the season, he had created a lot of controversy after their manager Wouter Vrancken had blasted his attitude issues. But since then, he appears to have completed a major U-turn, both on and off the field.
He has scored thrice and provided an assist for them in just 400 minutes of football and now, the club appear to want to sign him on a permanent deal. As reported by the Daily Record, the Mechelen boss said:
"“Of course I hope that Marian will stay with KV Mechelen, although I hope so from my entire front line. It currently brings a lot of quality.”"
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Have Celtic let another one get away?
Shved has always appeared to be someone who had all the talent in the world. Even for Celtic, he had managed to find the back of the net despite making just two appearances. But it looked like he had issues settling in Scotland and as a result, he was allowed to leave on loan for the season.
It is evident though that the player is willing to work hard and change when challenged to do so by a manager, as proven by his incredible U-turn at the Belgian side. Let’s just hope that he can do the same when or if he returns to Parkhead at the end of the season.
At that point of time, Neil Lennon will probably be gone and under a new manager, the Ukrainian winger will have a clean slate to work on and show that he can be an asset to the Hoops.