Celtic new-boy Maryan Shved eyes Ukraine call-up

By David Walton

February 14, 2019

Maryan Shved’s international hopes can take off at Celtic, according to the player himself.

The Karpaty Lviv winger was signed by the Hoops in January for £1.75million. He was then immediately sent back out on-loan to Lviv for the rest of the season.

Brendan Rodgers opened up a can of worms when he revealed that he didn’t know much about Shved before he signed. But he has since stated he’s looking forward to getting him back at the end of the season.

Maryan Shved has one senior Ukraine appearance to his name this season (Orhan Cicek/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

And Shved has some big targets of his own that he wants to hit at Parkhead. Speaking in the Daily Record, the pacey winger opened up on playing for Ukraine in the future.

“I am a Celtic player now and I am really looking forward to going to Glasgow.

“When I went to Scotland, there was a great atmosphere at Celtic Park. It’s certainly a very different set of fans than what I am used to.

“I think it will help my chances of playing for Ukraine again. Celtic are always in the Champions League too, so I am sure that help my game get better too.”

A player in need of development

Shved’s international career has already gotten underway. He has one full senior cap to his name already – a friendly against Turkey back November 2018. He only came on in the 77th-minute, however.

He’s also been in fine form this season for a right-winger. Already, he’s notched eight goals and bagged three assists in 18 appearances.

Shved looks a handful (Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)

It’s that form that attracted Celtic to signing him. He hasn’t played since being scooped up by the Hoops, as he continues to prepare for the second half of the Ukrainian season at a winter training camp in Turkey.

Shved is in fine form, however. He has plenty of pace, an eye for goal, and a deadly cross on him. Even though there’s so much more to come from him, he seems an exciting prospect.

Celtic haven’t had a Ukrainianian internationalist play for them ever. So when Shved arrives, he’ll be the first in that regard. Here’s hoping there’ll be plenty more caps to come too.