Celtic loanee Shved powerless as Mechelen mauled by Liège

By Euan Davidson

January 21, 2021

Celtic loanee Marian Shved had enjoyed a renaissance of late.

The Ukrainian winger had played in the last four KV Mechelen matches. Even his manager, who had previously hammered him publicly (Daily Record), was impressed.

However, Shved could do little as his loan side were slaughtered 4-0 by Standard Liège last night (ESPN). Goals from Dussenne, Amallah, Bastien and Balikwisha secured three points for Standard, who sit 5th in the Belgian Jupiler League.

It was a disappointing result for Mechelen, who had won their last four games. Shved, for his part, didn’t disgrace himself, earning a rating of 6.2 on WhoScored? for his efforts. The winger only managed one shot and one tackle, in a game where possession for his side was at a premium.

Primarily a technically gifted dribbler of the ball, the Celtic loanee didn’t get any opportunities to flaunt his best attributes. After a relatively even first-half, Liège turned the style on with a 10-minute, 3-goal blitz.

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Crumbs of comfort here, though; few would’ve expected Shved’s side to pick up a win against title challengers Liège. Shved by no means disgraced himself out on the left wing. With Mechelen sitting 15th in the Belgian top flight, there will be days like yesterday.

For now though, the challenge for Shved is reacting in a positive manner.

Marian Shved / (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

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You’d forgive Shved for looking on at Celtic’s hunt for wingers with a degree of curiosity. Signed in the January window of 2019 from Karpaty Lviv (BBC), the winger had been touted as a future star by Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko.

Shevchenko had said:

“It’s clear he has a lot of talent. There is still work to be done, but he has progressed hugely.

“He has just made a very big transfer for a massive club like Celtic and he is motivated to show them what he can do when he goes to Scotland.

“There’s no doubt he has improved a lot and he will go on to be a big player for Ukraine.”

Yet, with Celtic struggling in wide areas, there’s been no clamour to recall Shved from his Belgian exile. With his attitude questioned during the season, perhaps Neil Lennon doesn’t see a future at Celtic for the 23-year-old.

Still, it’s impossible not to wonder whether Shved could’ve finally made an impact for Celtic during this season. When we’ve missed players like Elyounoussi and Forrest through injury, maybe the formerly-hyped winger could’ve impressed in the Green and White.

Hypothetical, of course. Still, makes you think.