If a report from Belgian outlet VoetbalKrant is believed to be true, Celtic are willing to go slow when deciding on Marian Shved. The forward failed to make the cut under Neil Lennon but revived his career at KV Mechelen. The Antwerp-based outfit want him back for the upcoming term but are not expecting any quick response from the Hoops.
Celtic are set to undergo a transition under new boss Ange Postecoglou who is gradually gaining fans’ backing following the frenzy of rage after his appointment as the manager. There might be multiple key exits in the coming days and the gaffer is likely to start afresh by handing opportunities to those forgotten names during pre-season.
Shved was roped in from Karpaty Lviv a couple of years ago and netted on his debut with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box. But he failed to impress Lennon enough in the training ground and got only 40 minutes of first-team football in three appearances across all competitions.
The 23-year-old Ukrainian winger struggled initially in Belgium but managed to find his feet later on with 5 goals and 3 assists in 24 appearances [Stats via Transfermarket] altogether. He was mostly utilised as a ‘super sub’ and KV, due to lack of funds, might approach Celtic for another potential loan deal for the youngster.
Why Shved Should Get The Opportunity To Revive His Celtic Career
Postecoglou, known for his attacking brand of football, prefers a 4-2-3-1. The versatility of Shved across the frontline might come good if he manages to settle down this time after failing to do so in 2019-20. Predominantly a right-winger, he has also exhibited his expertise as a ‘number 10′ or supporting striker. His cut insides, quick layoffs and swift one-twos often open up space in opponents’ defensive third.
The Bhoys are sweating over the future of Odsonne Edouard amid Premier League interest. A decision is yet to be made whether to rope in Mohamed Elyounussi after a productive loan spell. Also, the potential egress of Ryan Christie and Leight Griffiths would leave a further void high up the pitch. Shved, as well as Mikey Johnston and Vakoun Issouf Bayo, might just be handed a lifeline now to revive their Celtic career.
The Ukraine international has not been picked again since making the only senior appearance for his nation back in 2018. But he has ample time to work on the limitations of his game and Celtic, too, must not give up on the attacker just yet.
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