Celtic have today made the decision to allow winger Maryan Shved stay with loan club Karpaty Lviv until the summer.
Apparently, the original agreement was in place until Lviv were knocked out of the Ukrainian Cup. That came on Sunday after Inhulets’ overcame them on penalties. Afterwards, Shved was to come back to Parkhead.
Fortunately for both Karpaty and Shved, however, he’s been allowed to stay until the end of the season.
With nine games remaining in the Ukrainian Premier League season, Karpaty are looking to stay up. Therefore, it will provide Shved with real pressure between now and the summer.
In recent times, Shved has won the Player of the Month award for March and scored a last-minute equaliser against Inhulets’. He’s currently the second-top goalscorer in Ukraine too, showing he’s been on a rich vein of form for most of the season.
So letting him stay in Ukraine is a wise move from the Hoops.
Why we shouldn’t bring him back
He’s clearly playing well with his current side, and there’s no need to rock the boat. If he came back to Celtic, it would hardly be likely that he took the place of James Forrest.
In all likelihood, Shved would’ve been brought back with a view to pre-season. There’s absolutely no point in doing that from our point of view. Oliver Burke is available to play down the right should anything happen to Forrest. We don’t need a third-choice right-winger for the next few weeks.
In the meantime, it allows Shved to continue playing week-in, week-out before returning for pre-season. To sum up, it keeps him from stagnating over the next couple of months waiting on next year.
He’ll be playing under immense pressure in Ukraine to stay up. Seeing how he controls himself under that kind of scrutiny will be interesting for Celtic to observe. Whilst the Hoops are always competing at the top end of the table, it’s positive to see how he performs under pressure.
So far, he’s shown no signs of stage-fright in Ukraine. He’s starting to look like a mightily exciting prospect for next season, but that’s all he should be for now.
There can be no denying that Celtic have made exactly the right move here.