Report: Celtic want Karpaty Lviv's Maryan Shved

By Connor Gordon

January 18, 2019

Celtic have reportedly been offered Karpaty Lviv’s Player of the Year Maryan Shved.

The right-winger is valued at £2 million by the club who is resigned to losing their best player.

However, the Hoops reportedly face stiff competition from European giants and fellow Ukranians Dynamo Kiev for his signature, according to the Scottish Sun.

Also competing are an unnamed Belgian club according to the country’s media outlet Footballua.

Celtic need more than just money to seal Shved deal

The only way The Bhoys will acquire the right-winger is if other players leave the club.

Brendan Rodgers has been a massive advocate of reducing the squad size, especially in this window.

Celtic are building a stronger right side already with Olivier Burke. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Celtic have already signed winger Oliver Burke on a six-month loan deal as well as Timothy Weah who is also strong on the right of a forward three.

Lewis Morgan is one name rumoured to be heading out on-loan which will free up space in that area.

Rodgers said about future purchases: “We hope to do some more business if we can, but there’s nothing to add to the speculation.”

Shved fits young with potential bill Rodgers likes

The 21-year-old comes with a profile similar to former loanee Patrick Roberts.

Maryan Shved has a similar playing style to Celtic fan favourite Patrick Roberts. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)

He is a right-winger who is left footed and liked to come inside for a shot like the Englishman.

However, money will need to change hands without a pre-contract as his current deal ends in the summer of 2020.

In 2015, the Ukrainian international moved to Sevilla’s youth team but never made an impact.

However, since his return to his native country, Shved is coming on leaps and bounds. In the Ukrainian Premier Liga, Shved has played 17 games scoring eight goals with three assists.

Potential Celtic target is a Ukraine international. (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

These stats are the sort that should be interesting Rodgers as he looks for creative young players.

Similarly, Vakoun Issouf Bayo also has impressive form with his previous club with 10 goals and five asissts in 16 games this season.

Celtic should definitely enhance their interest in Shved but must get rid of the deadwood first.