The absence of Marian Shved on Saturday has left some Celtic fans concerned.
The winger was named on the bench by Neil Lennon for the Hoops’ clash against Dunfermline on Saturday. However, he was unused across the 120 minutes of action.
Lennon chose to bring Lewis Morgan on in extra-time instead of the Ukrainian, having already brought Olivier Ntcham, James Forrest and Jonny Hayes into the match during the initial 90 minutes.
Shved’s only appearance for the Hoops to date remains coming off the bench against Nomme Kalju.
Despite scoring in that match, he’s not been given another opportunity.
He was a stand-out in the Ukrainian top-flight last term, scoring 15 goals.
Surely it is time to give him a real chance in the first-team?
If the manager feels he is not good enough to make an impact against a Scottish Championship side then there could be serious squad depth issues.
He may be predominately right-sided, but there have been opportunities to give him crucial minutes and yesterday was one of them.
There’s an argument to say he should have even started the fixture.
Fans are concerned about his lack of progress and Lennon’s refusal to play him. These supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts this weekend.
I have nothing against Lewis Morgan. Thought he started pre season well. But he has not been great last couple of appearances whereas Shved was electrifying on his only appearance and scored a belter. Surely a manager has to give someone else a chance? #Celtic #CELDUN
— Dominik Diamond (@DominikDiamond) August 17, 2019
Whilst I agree with some who say it’s unfair to pick on Morgan, the reality is he could not get a regular game in the English 3rd division. Shved, Bayo, Sinclair not getting a chance is ridiculous. Lennon needs to do the honourable thing. #Celtic
— WMD (@rain_again) August 17, 2019
Noticed we’re after another winger happy with that Lenny obviously doesn’t rate Scott Sinclair. Morgan not ready Johnston not ready imo Shved is a total mystery why he’s not had a chance 🤷♂️
— JOE (@caterfit) August 17, 2019
Seriously why no Shved?! 5 mins to go man.
And Johnston was ‘fatigued’ after Tuesday but played 115 mins today. Lennon logic 🤷🏼♂️ https://t.co/aLk9wt75nF
— Conor (@ConorHamilton92) August 17, 2019
This is going to be a long season of Lennon playing his same favourites. Sinclair no in the squad again and Hayes on over Shved when you’re needing a goal..
— Steven McWilliam (@29_Macker) August 17, 2019
Morgan on again instead of Shved. This is worrying. Does Lennon see him as a Riordan type player? If so he wont get much of a game.
— Jamie (@Jamie8419) August 17, 2019
whats it gonna take for Lennon to give Shved and Bayo a chance?
— Grant Aitken (@grantaitken24) August 17, 2019
1-Why did Celtic extended Scott Sinclair's contract if they won't play him before Lewis Morgan?
2-Why play Shved in a European away game but won't play him ahead of Morgan?
3-Why say Johnstone is "fatigued" but then play him from the start? (Glad he scored though!)
— Tommy Dawson🍀⚽💚 (@tommydawson7) August 17, 2019
What’s the point in buying Shved for him to watch Lewis Morgan go on and do nothing !
— Daniel Singh (@DanielSinghh10) August 17, 2019