Talks regarding the potential departure of Marian Shved from Celtic next season are on hold, despite both Mechelen and the player wanting the move.

Shved has been spending the season with the Belgian club after a year of getting no game-time at Parkhead after signing for Brendan Rodgers in 2019. The Ukrainian winger has reinvigorated himself with his loan club – bagging seven direct goal contributions in 18 appearances [Transfermarkt].

However, his long-term future is anything but certain. Mechelen want him to stay, whilst the player himself is also apparently open to remaining in Belgium. But with Celtic going through major change this summer, any deal for Marian has stalled.

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And Mechelen boss Wouter Vrancken has claimed any talks regarding his future have now been paused.

As quoted by HLN, Vrancken said: “A lot of change is underway at Celtic. There will be a different trainer and technical director. The people we talked to are now gone.

“Marian has clearly indicated that he would like to be here and stay here. I also think that’s best for him. He needs stability.”

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Marian Shved could easily be at Celtic or Mechelen next season – nothing is certain

Interestingly, HLN report that Mechelen do not have the means to finalise a potential £3million switch for Shved. This is the said asking price for the former Kapaty Lviv man’s signature.

And Celtic would be right to ask for that sum of money too. People tend to forget that Shved is still only 23. There’s plenty of time for him to blossom, and considering he took the Ukrainian Premier League by storm for Karpaty Lviv, he’s clearly a prospect. For whatever reason, it just hasn’t worked out here.

But Celtic fans shouldn’t assume that Marian will be off in the summer. Quite the opposite in fact. Celtic are in desperate need for a right-winger to play back-up to James Forrest.

Celtic Marian Shved

Starring in Belgium: Celtic man Marian Shved / (Photo by Perry van de Leuvert/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Given his exploits in Belgium this season, there’s no reason as to why that can’t be Shved. He certainly merits an opportunity in pre-season to impress the new manager, and he’ll get it.

Should he struggle to perform and fail to settle once again? We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. But between now and then he most certainly has a Celtic future. If everyone is to bag a clean slate when the new boss comes, that will have to include Shved.

Here’s hoping he makes the most of it.

In other news, John Collins has accused Rangers of “playing the system” ahead of Sunday’s clash with Celtic.

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