Brendan Rodgers made a startling admission last night during his post-match press conference, regarding potential new signing Maryan Shved.
When asked about the reports that the winger is about to sign for the Scottish Champions, Rodgers said Shved was ‘one for the future.’
Rodgers certainly isn’t wrong when he says Celtic have an abundance of wingers at the club already.
However it’s a strange thing to say about a potential new signing.
There’s nothing wrong with signing a player with the future in mind, but saying he doesn’t ‘need’ that player may be a bit underwhelming for Shved.
The Ukrainian midfielder, who plays for Karpaty Lviv in his native land, would cost around £2m.
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Shved has eight goals in 17 appearances this season in the league for his club, those stats suggest he could make a positive impact immediately at Celtic.
Although this startling admission from the manager may be underwhelming for Shved, it is refreshing to hear Rodgers being honest about his squad.
When queried on new players, Rodgers has been using the same reply about adding ‘quality not quantity‘ when it comes to building the squad.
So, to see an honestly open reply from Rodgers, it is good to see, however odd it may seem.
Rodgers gets it right, again
Rodgers will be delighted with the club’s business so far in the window.
Two of his three signings have made an immediate impact, and the third was paraded around Parkhead last night.
Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah both have two Celtic goals already. Both players are staking their claim for permanent spots in the team.
Vakoun Issouf Bayo was unveiled in front of the Celtic fans at half time in the 4-0 rout of St Mirren. The new disco lights were used to reveal the Ivorian to the crowd. WWE fans would have been forgiven for expecting the Undertaker to appear at the centre circle.
With results going Celtic’s way again, their good start to the new year got even better.
Whether Shved is for now, or later, it looks like he could be a very shrewd addition for the Hoops