Celtic fans are paying attention to Marian Shved again but he still has a lot to prove

By John McGinley

December 28, 2020

Celtic winger Marian Shved is again on the radar of supporters after his winning goal on loan at KV Mechelen last night.

Shved’s problems at Celtic and the Belgian side have been well documented.

He failed to settle at Lennoxtown under Neil Lennon before heading off to the continent on loan for the season.

Mechelen haven’t exactly been left buzzing with his progress either.

His manager and an unnamed player slaughtered him in the Belgian press earlier this month.

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However, clear the air talks led to his training return and he’s featured off the bench in their last two matches.

Celtic fan interest piqued

His finish on Sunday, to give Mechelen a 2-1 league win, was excellent and it has sparked a bit of excitement and interest within the online Celtic support.

Shved has always had backing from a section of Celtic supporters, and if he can continue to score goals in Belgium, that will likely continue.

However, he still has a lot to prove to make it at Mechelen, nevermind the Bhoys.

Celtic return unlikely

The Belgian club hold an option to buy the Ukrainian should they want to. Given how things have progressed so far, that’s unlikely.

A return to the Celtic fold is just as remote given his lack of progress last season.

Even if his loan expires and he makes his way back to Glasgow, it would be shocking to see him turn out regularly for the first-team.

Celtic winger Marian Shved celebrates after scoring out on loan at Mechelen / (Photo by JASPER JACOBS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

The only way that would happen is if he hits a hot streak in the second half of the Belgian season and he has a burning desire to complete unfinished business at Celtic Park.

Still, it’s worth keeping an eye on how he does abroad in 2021, especially if he’s scoring goals like the one over the weekend.

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