Celtic winger Marian Shved wants Belgium stay; manager hints at big decision next week

By Euan Davidson

May 8, 2021

There could be news about the future of Celtic winger Marian Shved, according to his KV Mechelen manager.

Wouter Vrancken is attributed with changing the attitude of the young Ukrainian winger. At Mechelen, Shved has impressed his teammates and his boss, with his side in European play-off contention [Jupiler Pro League].

Rarely seen at Celtic, Shved has cut an enigmatic figure. Blasted by Vrancken early into his spell in Belgium, it looked grim for the youngster. However, a significant change in mentality has led to Shved contributing for his loan side. He’s scored 4 and set up 3.

In quotes attributed to the Sun, Vrancken said:

“We have two loan players – Marian Shved and Ferdy Druijf – who have told us that they want to stay here next season too.

“So we have to see what Celtic and AZ say about it and try to come to an agreement with them.

“We are hoping to have some news about them both in the coming days.”

Marian Shved celebrates a goal on loan / (Photo by JASPER JACOBS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Best move for all parties, as Celtic winger Marian Shved looks to extend spell away from club

Whether it’s a permanent move, or another loan deal, is unclear.

In fairness, either way it’s not a bad deal for Celtic. He just hasn’t passed muster with limited opportunities. The fact he was loaned out speaks volumes about his work rate at Lennoxtown.

Honestly, it’s hard to see Shved making any kind of impact for Celtic. His performances in Belgium have been decent, if unspectacular, and given the standard of opposition he’s coming up against, it’s unlikely that his contributions would be any better in the Premiership.

He was an astute signing at the time, having played impressively for Karpaty Lviv. In the season before he joined Celtic, he’d managed 11 goals and 3 assists in the league alone [Transfermarkt]. That kind of scouting is valuable, and has worked before; see Victor Wanyama as an example of raiding more obscure markets.

However, if he’s finally enjoying his football after anonymity at Celtic, then it’s probably best to move him on. If he agrees another loan, and plays to his capabilities, it might benefit the Bhoys to have another assessment. For now, though, this is probably the best idea for all concerned.

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