Celtic loanee Marian Shved on winning side again in Belgium

By Euan Davidson

February 7, 2021

Celtic loanee Marian Shved keeps getting starts in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League.

His KV Mechelen side have exceeded expectations. Wouter Vrancken’s team have notched up 4 wins in their last 5, with yesterday’s victory over Cercle Brugge the latest success [WhoScored?].

From a Celtic perspective, it was another solid, if unspectacular, showing from the Ukrainian. Shved came off after 77 minutes, unable to find a way past Brugge’s stubborn defence. The winning goal came three minutes from full-time, courtesy of the brilliantly named Igor de Camargo.

The win sees KV Mechelen sit 10th in the Jupiler Pro League, with a win over Cercle undoubtedly a feather in Vrancken’s cap [ESPN].

Belgian news outlet Nieuwsblad described the clash as “a mediocre game”, with a lot at stake. Brugge were embarking on their first match under new boss Yves Vanderhaeghe. However, Shved’s side came away with another three points in a fruitful 2021.

Starring in Belgium: Celtic man Marian Shved / (Photo by Perry van de Leuvert/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Celtic man Marian Shved doesn’t always need to be blistering

For Celtic man Marian Shved, this performance alone won’t have risen his stock any. However, he proved he could be quietly effective, attempting 29 passes and 1 dribble in a low-key outing [WhoScored?].

The last thing Shved needs now, though, is a drop in form. Over just the last week, the Ukrainian has talked up a permanent move to Belgium. Celtic fans want to see Shved back in our colours, but it may take a bit of convincing for the winger to want to come back to the club.

While he’s being linked to a number of top clubs, his performances need to merit all the talk. Shved needs to take the lessons from this match and use it as motivation for the weeks ahead.

Few might have expected KV Mechelen to achieve a top-half finish in the Belgian top-flight this season, but they’re comfortably holding their own on the back of a great run of recent form.

Shved has been key over those matches. In general, it’s been an impressive showing on loan for the frustrated Ukrainian winger.

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