Celtic winger Marian Shved appears to have a lifeline in Neil Lennon’s squad after impressing his coaches during the recent Dubai winter training camp, The Scottish Sun report.
Shved was part of the group that travelled to the Middle East to take part in warm-weather training.
Celtic return to action this weekend against Partick Thistle and there could be renewed chances for previously frozen out players like Shved to make an impact.
Lennon certainly sounds impressed with what the Ukrainian has managed to offer, describing his training input as a ‘bonus’ to reporters.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the manager said: “He’s doing well. He’s training well. He’s looking lively and has been a wee bit of a bonus this week.
“It’s an opportunity to just explode onto it. It’s not easy for guys to adapt sometimes, especially if family is not there as well.
“He’s a bit of a slow burner, but he’s still young and I’ve really liked what I have seen of him. He’s been good.”
No reason to write Shved off yet
There’s been a bit anxiety amongst some supporters surrounding the signature of Shved given his lack of playing time since joining the club last summer.
To date, he’s managed to feature in just 35 minutes of action for Lennon, coming off the bench in matches against Nomme Kalju and Ross County.
Still just 22, as Lennon points out he is a young player trying to adapt to a new culture and a new country.
As long as Celtic give him the proper support and patience, there’s every reason to think he can still find a bit of form in the first-team. Last season at Karpaty Lviv, he netted 15 goals in 26 appearances.
Lennon isn’t in the business of talking up players without merit, so it’s going to be fascinating to see if Shved gets his big chance in upcoming games.
With Scott Sinclair leaving the club, Lewis Morgan on his way out and Ryan Christie both injured and suspended, the Ukrainian might be handed a start sooner rather than later.