Celtic winger Marian Shved scored his first goal since February to help Mechelen win 3-1 at home to Standard Liege in the Belgian top-flight European play-offs this afternoon.
Shved has been limited to fleeting appearances off the bench in recent weeks after injury, barely getting a chance to show off his stuff.
However, he was substituted into the game before half-time today and got himself on the scoresheet shortly after the interval to give the home side a two-goal cushion.
Shved was last on the scoresheet in a cup match against RWDM in February. Today’s effort was his fifth goal of the season. [Transfermarkt]
Shved Celtic future still uncertain
It’s unclear what the winger’s future holds. Mechelen boss Wouter Vrancken told reporters last week that Shved wants to stay in Belgium.
No doubt that desire would only be heightened if they Mechelen to secure European football next season. They hold an option to buy the attacker following his loan.
The Belgian side are currently taking part in league play-offs to determine who will go into the Europa Conference League second qualifying round this summer. Mechelen lead the way ahead of Gent, Oostende and Standard Liege.
Shved has barely had a sniff at Celtic, struggling to make an impact under Neil Lennon following his move from Ukraine.
However, if he does fancy a Bhoys return his contract does run until 2023, so there’d be plenty of time to impress a new manager.
For now we watch on and continue to monitor his progress in Belgium.