It’s been revealed that Celtic had the choice to allow Marian Shved the chance to leave on loan, and it’s clear we made the wrong one.
Karpaty Lviv sports director Oleg Smaliaychuk stated in comments published by the Scottish Sun that Celtic were going to offer him on loan to another Scottish club. However, in the end, we decided not to.
He didn’t reveal whether that was a decision made in the summer or in January. However, regardless of when it was, it was certainly the wrong decision.
Celtic will have had their reasons. They’ll likely have wanted to keep Shved protected for a start. Neil Lennon stated back in January that the Ukrainian had been struggling to settle in Scotland (Daily Record). Therefore, it could’ve been the case that they wanted him to get more adjusted to the language and the way of life here.
But whilst that’s a priority, it’s not as if other clubs in Scotland wouldn’t have taken care of him. If he found a move to Hibernian, Aberdeen, or Motherwell to name a few, he would’ve been well looked after. A move to another part of Scotland wouldn’t have been detrimental to his learning of our way of life or the language.
Little action for Shved
As things stand, Shved has only made three appearances this season. It’s not as if he’s been a regular on the bench either. He’s only made a grand total of seven matchday squads (Transfermarkt). He’s been frozen out for the most part.
Celtic couldn’t have kept Shved because they believed he was needed. We have a variety of attacking options that have been rotated all season. Therefore, it must’ve been a decision based on protection and keeping him in an environment he was already used to.
But it’s come to the detriment of his game-time. Shved has effectively lost a year of his career being rooted to the fringes of the first-team squad.
As things stand, he either needs to impress in pre-season or find himself another loan club next season. If the youngster still isn’t showing enough in training, it would be wise to find him a move. One year without regular football isn’t great. Two and there would be serious question marks over his signing.
Celtic were happy to sanction loan deals for the likes of Lee O’Connor, Jonathan Afolabi, and Conor Hazard to name a few this season. There’s no reason why Shved can’t join that list in the summer if things don’t work out in pre-season.
As mentioned previously, Celtic will have had their own reasons for not letting him go. But looking at things now, it looks like the wrong move by the club.