Neil Lennon has demanded an improved work rate from new summer recruit Marian Shved.
The Ukrainian, who was signed back in January, has featured little under Lennon but did score a terrific goal in the away win over Nomme Kalju. That short cameo has left many Celtic fans wanting to see more of the 22-year-old but so far Lennon has relented.
In fact, that 22 minute appearance in Estonia remains the only time we’ve seen Shved in competitive action.
The winger didn’t even make the bench as Celtic saw off Swedish champions AIK 2-0 on Thursday night. And Lennon says he wants to see a little more from the player before he thrusts him into the spotlight.
“A little bit frustrated, he just needs to up his tempo and his work,” the Northern Irishman told Football Scotland.
“It’s still, again, an adaptation period for him. He’s 21, in a new country and doesn’t speak great English.
“So, we know we’ve got a good player on our hands and we’ll see more of him as the season progresses.”
There’s no fallout between Shved and Lennon
Lennon may have got Shved’s age wrong but that’s of little concern. The quotes will at least put the minds of some Celtic supporters at rest. Given the ruthless, and rather cruel, way Scott Sinclair has been dispensed with in recent weeks, you’re always wary about a personality clash.
It just looks like Shved is taking a little bit of time to get used to his surroundings. There’s no shame in that. He’s a young player who has been catapulted across the entirety of Europe into a new country and society.
What the kid clearly has is talent. He showed enough in his Estonian outing to suggest that he’ll have a big impact on the club in future years. His big difficulty will be displacing James Forrest from the team. The Scotland international has been in sensational form for the past 18 months and is showing no signs of letting up.
Shved will have to take his opportunity with both hands when Lennon finally decides he’s ready.