KV Mechelen sporting director addresses the Marian Shved/Celtic situation

By David Walton

July 22, 2021

KV Mechelen sporting director Tom Caluwe has discussed the current state of play surrounding Marian Shved and his Celtic situation.

Shved spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan with the Belgian club. It was there he managed to revitalise his career with 24 appearances and eight direct goal contributions [Transfermarkt].

Mechelen have made no secret of their desire to bring Shved back to Belgium. And it’s fair to say the speculation hasn’t gone away after the player wasn’t taken by Ange Postecoglou to Wales for our pre-season training camp.

And as doubts over his long-term Celtic future persist, Caluwe has provided an update on where things are currently at.

As quoted by Belgian outlet GVA, the Mechelen sporting director said: “We should not be secretive about this. We still want Marian to join and we try to reach an agreement as soon as possible. We really need a player with his profile.

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“I’m always very careful about that. It’s going in the right direction, but a transfer is only in order when everything is signed. Something can always come up, but we hope he signs soon.”

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KV Mechelen in luck, Marian Shved’s Celtic career has never looked bleaker

Earlier in the summer, letting Shved go looked premature. Karamoko Dembele had yet to impress in pre-season whilst James Forrest had just come off a long-term injury. Shved had a golden opportunity to make a name for himself.

Add in the fact that we had a new manager in place and the picture was perfect for a fresh start. If Shved had wanted an ideal scenario to kickstart his Celtic career again, he couldn’t have wished for better circumstances.

However, fast forward several weeks and things couldn’t look much different. Shved hasn’t played a minute of pre-season and hasn’t even been given a mention by Postecoglou.

Marian Shved: likely to leave / Photo by YORICK JANSENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Celtic have also brought in Liel Abada who netted on his debut and has become an instant fan-favourite. If Shved was anywhere near it, Abada’s signing wouldn’t have been necessary.

He is now so far out of the picture that a return to the first-team looks even bleaker than it did when he was with Mechelen last season.

A departure is best for all parties here. Don’t be surprised if something happens in the coming weeks. This just hasn’t worked out.

In other news: Mario Gotze and Eran Zahavi give Celtic worrying signs ahead of potential battle