"Sacred technique"; Celtic man Shved draws praise from Mechelen team-mates

By David Walton

December 29, 2020

Celtic winger Marian Shved appears to have gotten his teammates talking after his goalscoring display on Sunday.

Shved came off the bench for Mechelen to score the winner against Mouscron. This secured back-to-back 2-1 victories after another success at Leuven before Christmas. The Ukrainian also played 11 minutes in that one before adding another 29 to his belt on Sunday.

This came after an incredible eight-game run where the loan starlet didn’t make a single appearance. Despite being in Belgium for the season, his manager, Wouter Vrancken, tore him apart a couple of weeks ago. Vrancken stated that Shved was “arrogant” and that he didn’t feel he should be wasting his time on him anymore (Daily Record).

But Shved’s mini-renaissance has caught the eye of his Mechelen teammates. First up, striker Igor De Camargo said the following as quoted by Walfoot:

“He works very hard, he has a sacred technique and a lot of power. Of course, the Belgian league is something other than the Ukrainian. Shved hardly played at Celtic and was loaned to Lviv the year before. He needed a little time to adapt.”

That was followed up by the following from midfielder Rob Schoofs:

He clicked, I think (against Mouscron). I thought he relied too much on his qualities at the start of the season, that he played things too easy. But he can really change a game. As long as he understands that the team comes first, he can be of great added value. And in recent weeks, he has been.” 

Only consistency will see Shved receive Celtic chance

This is great stuff of course. Shved hasn’t really lit anything up since signing for the club back in January 2019. After returning from a loan spell with hometown club Karpaty Lviv, he’s been almost anonymous.

He does have one Celtic goal remember. He netted away to Nomme Kalju in last season’s Champions League qualifiers. But since then it’s been frustration after frustration for the former Brendan Rodgers signing.

His year at Mechelen was supposed to be his big breakthrough. A chance for him to hit the reset button. Regardless of whatever excuse he may have, to have only racked up five appearances isn’t good enough. Neil Lennon should be ensuring that message gets through to him. We need more from this investment.

Celtic winger Marian Shved / (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

So that’s what makes his goal all the more pleasing against Mouscron. It’s a sign that things could be about to change for Shved. A symbol that a mini-renaissance could very well be on the cards. That would certainly be welcome given the problems he’s had over the last 18 months or so.

But it says a lot that we’re getting excited over one cameo appearance. If anything’s a sign of how lacking Shved has been in impressive moments then it’s that. He needs to be offering a lot more in Belgium than he has done.

He’s been eviscerated by his loan boss and that should be the kick up the backside he needs. It remains to be seen if this is indeed something big for Shved, or whether it’s just yet another false dawn.

In other news, Celtic have reportedly made a morale-boosting decision for January that will delight fans.