Reports from Ukraine have Celtic in the “final stages” of negotiations for Marian Shved, according to the Scotsman.
The Karpaty Lviv winger has managed eight goals this season from a wide position. Added to that, he already has one full cap for the Ukraine national team, as his stock continues to rise.
Two days ago, we spoke about how a club were in talks with the youngster regarding a move. Whether that was Celtic or Dynamo Kyiv, however, was the main mystery. And it looks like it was indeed the Hoops after all.
But what’s important to not forget is the fact that Celtic were only willing to do a deal if they could get movement in the other direction. This most likely is aimed at fellow winger Lewis Morgan.
Morgan has been interesting the likes of Aberdeen, Hibernian, Nottingham Forest, and Hull City this month. Rodgers has already confirmed that Hibs have yet to approach Celtic despite conflicting reports.
But getting a deal for Shved over the line must mean that Morgan will get the move he’s after, and the move he so desperately needs. Whether that be to Forest, Hibs, or Aberdeen – who knows?
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But what makes us so sure it’s Morgan who could be on the move? Simply because it relates directly to Shved’s position. Morgan has often featured down the right, and that’s where Shved plays.
Considering the fact the Hoops also have Oli Burke for competition to James Forrest – three right-wingers would be more than enough. Having four, however, would just be overstocking.
When you also take into account the strong interest in Morgan and the club’s mindset to get him out on loan – this makes sense. It all adds up to Morgan eventually getting his move before the end of the window.
Of course, the Shved deal has still to be confirmed by the club. But early reports from Ukraine look positive.