Celtic winger Marian Shved called up for Ukraine

By Hamish Carton

August 19, 2019

Celtic winger Marian Shved has received another call up for the Ukrainian national team.

The 22-year-old is yet to start an official match for his country but is seen as one of the nation’s bright emerging talents by boss Andriy Shevchenko. The former AC Milan and Chelsea forward has included Shved in his 24-man squad for the upcoming matches against Nigeria and Lithuania.

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Shved will be hoping for an opportunity in the friendly against the African side on September 10th but it is the Euro 2020 qualifier against Lithuania that is the most meaningful clash of the double header.

Shved has made a decent start to life at Celtic

Shved has made just one competitive appearance for Celtic so far. He came on with 20 minutes to go in the away Champions League qualifier against Nomme Kalju. The Estonians may not have been the toughest of opposition but Shved still made an impression, netting a terrific late goal in the 2-0 win.

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It’s perhaps a little surprising, therefore, that we haven’t seen him play since. He has had his early woes with injuries and suspensions curtailing his game time but you would still have expected to see him during the weekend win over Dunfermline.

The kid clearly has some real talent with his direct running and terrific finishing two real trademarks of his game. If a figure like Shevchenko rates him so highly it’s perhaps time for Celtic to give him more of an opportunity.