3 goals in 3 matches: Celtic winger Marian Shved shone again in Belgium today

By John McGinley

February 3, 2021

Celtic winger Marian Shved has truly turned the corner on loan at Mechelen.

The Ukrainian attacker was handed his sixth successive start for the club in the Belgian Cup today, facing lower league side RWD Molenbeek.

He netted their second a 2-0 win.

It’s the third goal in as many matches for Shved, who has come a long way since being slated publicly by manager Wouter Vrancken.

Shved had previously scored a double in a league match against Waasland-Beveren on 26th January.

He’s now netted four goals in total since being given a renewed chance at the club from the end of December.

It’s further proof that he may be finding his feet training and playing away from his homeland.

Shved had unsuccessfully tried to force his way into Neil Lennon’s plans last season. The Celtic boss barely played him as he struggled to acclimatise to Scottish football following a switch from Karpaty Lviv.

The 23-year-old was on fire in Ukraine prior to that, even winning caps with the national team.

Does Marian Shved have a Celtic future?

If Celtic are changing managers at the end of the season, as expected, there’s no reason why Shved shouldn’t be given a renewed chance at Celtic if he’s up for the challenge.

Mechelen hold an option-to-buy in his loan so may fancy convincing him to stay given his form, but Celtic action still represents a bit step up for the young winger.

Clearly, he is now managing to string together consistent form.

Celtic winger Marian Shved in action for Mechelen / (Photo by Perry van de Leuvert/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

He was never really given that chance at Celtic. It seemed to be his training that was a problem. However, if he’s sorted out those issues then why not stay open-minded about his future?

I’m delighted to see him doing well abroad and long may it continue.

In other news, Neil Lennon has made some pleasing Albian Ajeti comments.