Neil Lennon has today confirmed that Marian Shved won’t play a part in the Scottish Cup final on May 25th.
Celtic face Hearts in this season’s showpiece event. A win for the Hoops and it would secure an unprecedented treble-treble success. Defeat, on the other hand, doesn’t even bear thinking about.
Meanwhile, Shved has been getting used to life in Glasgow. Celtic posted a video of the youngster training at Lennoxtown on their official YouTube account.
But even though he’s looking to get himself up to speed, Shved isn’t available for next Sunday. And speaking at his press conference today via Celtic TV, Lennon revealed why.
“He trained yesterday and looked great. We unfortunately can’t use him, but he’s a very exciting player and looked right at home with his teammates. He’s the type of player we enjoy at Celtic.”
Disapponting but expected
The vast majority of Celtic fans probably didn’t expect much else here. Lennon didn’t necessarily explain why we couldn’t use him, but it’s most certainly something to do with red tape.
It’s highly unlikely to be an injury concern considering the fact that Shved has been training with the Hoops. He’s also been playing on a weekly basis for Karpaty Lviv back home in Ukraine. There’s nothing wrong with Shved’s match-fitness.
Even if he was available, however, he would be highly unlikely to feature over James Forrest. The Celtic winger yesterday admitted to the Herald that he wants to stay at Parkhead for life. He continues to perform superbly in a fine, trophy-laden season for him both collectively and individually.
He’ll continue to be Celtic’s main spark on the day when they face Hearts at Celtic. And all the whilst doing so, he could also be staking his claim in to be ahead of Shved at the start of next season.
The duo look set to have an intriguing battle down the right next year. Shved’s preparation for next season kicks in now, and it’s clear he’s battling hard to impress Lennon if he is the manager next year.
It’s a shame we won’t be seeing him a tad earlier. But if truth be told, nobody really expected us to.