Neil Lennon has dished out some high praise to Celtic winger Marian Shved this week after being impressed by the 22-year-old in Dubai training.

Celtic fans are looking for the team to hit a new gear in the second half of the season after a disappointing end to December. We’re locked in a tough title fight and also have ambitions to progress in Europe.

Part of that will be about whether or not Lennon can significantly freshen up his match squads with new talent in the transfer window and some other emerging prospects already at the club.

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It sounds like Shved is in line to get an opportunity, with the manager telling The Scottish Sun: “He’s doing well. He’s training well. He’s looking lively and has been a wee bit of a bonus this week. It’s an opportunity to just explode onto it.

“It’s not easy for guys to adapt sometimes, especially if family is not there as well. He’s a bit of a slow burner, but he’s still young and I’ve really liked what I have seen of him. He’s been good.”

With plenty of matches on the immediate horizon in multiple competitions, the Ukrainian international may just be trusted to make his first-ever Celtic start sooner rather than later.

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That what some supporters are craving, having been excited by the player ever since it was announced he would join last summer.

Celtic winger Marian Shved

Celtic winger Marian Shved / (Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)

His season last term with Karpaty Lviv was impressive and the hope has been he can replicate it in Glasgow.

These fans have taken to Twitter over the last 24 hours to share their thoughts on Lennon’s comments, urging the Hoops boss to now give him the chance he needs to shine…

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