Celtic loanees Hendry and Shved came head-to-head in vital clash yesterday
Celtic loanees Jack Hendry and Marian Shved yesterday went head-to-head in a crunch Belgian First Division crunch.
Hendry is currently spending the campaign with KV Oostende whilst Shved is at KV Mechelen for the season. Both sides are targeting the European spots this season with both sides occupying spots in the top eight.
But it was centre-back Hendry who came out on top as the two sides met at the Diaz Arena [Oostende’s home ground]. The Celtic defender produced yet another solid performance to bag yet another clean sheet and a vital three points. Oostende now sit joint-third whilst Mechelen dropped down to eighth.
Shved, meanwhile, started the game on the bench. it was only after 55 minutes with his side 1-0 down that he came on. His influence was minimal. He only managed one shot and an overall rating of 6.05/10 by stat-experts WhoScored.
Hendry, however, was one of the stars of the show after performing for the full 90 minutes.
Celtic defender Hendry outshines Shved; another feather in his cap
The former Dundee man managed to make six clearances throughout as well as one blocked shot. Much of the criticism regarding Hendry’s time at Celtic was down to his poor distribution. However, yesterday, he managed a 90.5% passing accuracy – the highest of anyone in the starting XI [WhoScored].
It was another big day for him, and overcoming Shved’s Mechelen so comfortably simply continues the positive press he’s been getting. It comes days after his club’s Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye claimed he should be playing for Scotland [Daily Record].
A Celtic reprieve in the summer may seem unlikely, but stranger things have happened. It’s important to remember that Hendry is only 25. He is, by no means, anywhere near the finished article.
As for Shved, this was a disappointing one. What a great opportunity for him to capture the attention of Celtic fans against Hendry’s high-flyers. Had he been the star of the show, there would’ve been a lot more supporters talking about this one.
However, his start on the bench wouldn’t have surprised anyone following Belgian football recently. The Ukrainian had been out for three weeks with a muscle injury. He’ll be pleased, at least, to get 35 minutes under his belt.
Here’s hoping both men can end the season strong and come back to Celtic ready to show the new manager what they’ve improved upon.