Celtic winger Marian Shved turned 23 years old on Thursday – with the club informing supporters of the news on social media.
The Ukrainian may have been forgotten about by many at Parkhead, including Hoops boss Neil Lennon, but the media team are still very aware of him – judging by the unlikely birthday message.
The club account tweeted: “Happy 23rd birthday to Celtic’s Marian Shved” alongside an image of the winger’s strike against Nomme Kalju – his only goal for the club.
— Celtic Football Club (in 🇫🇷) (@CelticFC) July 16, 2020
Shved has only been seen once in 2020 so far. That was a brief six minute cameo in the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Clyde in February.
But that hasn’t stopped the former Karpaty Lviv man from becoming arguably one of the most talked about players at the club – and almost a running joke with the support.
That was highlighted further on Thursday in the replies to the club’s tweet.
Some Celtic fans want to see Shved given a chance
You are allowed to play him you know?
— Dan🍀 (@CFCDan_) July 16, 2020
play him tonight or i come to france and riot
— aaron (@kingeddy22) July 16, 2020
New age new pler please play him
— Kieran (@Keern_) July 16, 2020
— 🍀 (@KingEddyCSC) July 16, 2020
— Joe Walker (@CelticWalks67) July 16, 2020
That’s it, THATS the tweet
— . (@ElyounoussiCSC) July 16, 2020
Thought he was in a years quarantine
— Ginzo (@Ginzo1967) July 16, 2020
Gonna play him this season?
— joshua (@joshyboy188) July 16, 2020
— Ronan (@ronanhammond_) July 16, 2020
Get him played
— Pablosan (@Paul_Tonner) July 16, 2020
Does Shved have any future at Celtic?
You may recall my colleague John McGinley bringing you the news of Shved’s imminent departure from the club back in late June.
At that stage is seemed like a matter of when not if the young winger would depart Celtic this summer.
News has dried up a little on that front in the weeks since but it doesn’t seem like Shved will play much part, if any, in Celtic’s pre-season run of fixtures.
Sadly, the 23-year-old may looks like he may not get an opportunity to prove his worth this season, after making just three substitute appearances last term.
A Happy Birthday message from the club may be about as good as it gets for him.