They may not be plying their trade at the same club just now, but both Maryan Shved and Oliver Burke are still competing against each other.
The latter has consistently said that he would be up for a permanent switch to Scotland. Considering West Brom splashed out £15million for him and have him under a long-term contract, however, means that they would likely want some serious cash.
Meanwhile, a player Celtic own in Shved has been tearing it up in Ukraine. He’s the second-top goalscorer in the country with 13 goals. That’s despite still having nine games to go and from playing in a right-wing position.
Celtic have been hearing nothing but good reports from Ukraine since he signed. If it’s not a last-minute equaliser to keep his team in the cup, it’s Player of the Month awards. He’s been standing out well since he signed for the Hoops and went back out on loan to Karpaty Lviv.
And, unfortunately for Burke, this could spell some bad news.
Why keep Burke when you have Shved?
The Scotland international isn’t performing well. He’s been dropped to the bench over the last couple of weeks, and has missed key chances against St Mirren and Livingston that will be remembered.
The confidence that was evident in Burke when he first joined now seems to have disappeared. Instead, he looks unsure of himself on the pitch, as he continues to play that horrendous lone-striker role that he isn’t used to.
Some in the Celtic support would’ve been up for him staying when he first joined. He was electric, and brought some much-needed pace to our attacks. But the attraction of him has quickly waned. His technical ability looks non-existent, and these days it seems that his pace is just about all he offers.
Shved has been a standout and a goalscorer in the position that Burke would likely WANT to play in. If Shved can rival James Forrest next season, then is there any need to splash the cash for Burke?
Let’s also not forget the fact that Daniel Arzani could be back from injury and ready to compete. Having four right-wingers, with one potentially costing us eight-figures without being guaranteed game-time, seems illogical.
If Burke wants to make himself valuable to Celtic, he needs to step it up once again. If he fails to stand out, however? Well, Celtic don’t exactly need him next year by the sound of things.