Some Celtic supporters are concerned about the progress of Marian Shved after manager Neil Lennon offered a sobering update on his current status at the club.
As the Ukrainian dropped out of the Hoops Europa League squad for the knockout stages, Lennon told The Daily Record: “He’s found it difficult, he struggles with the English and in training at times he’s not at the level the rest of them are.
“He’s still a very talented player, but he’s still taking a bit more time to adapt and acclimatise than maybe some others would.”
Shved has made just two appearances for the club since arriving last summer, both of which have come from the bench.
He hasn’t been seen in a Celtic match squad since October.
With the Hoops squad even suffering injuries to Mohamed Elyounoussi and Mikey Johnston, there just doesn’t seem to be a place for Shved in Lennon’s team and some fans are beginning to think he’ll never make it in Glasgow.
Shved arrived with an exciting reputation after a stand-out season for Karpaty Lviv in his homeland last term, scoring 15 goals in 26 appearances (Transfermarkt).
He even scored on his debut for Celtic, ramping up the hype levels.
Unfortunately, though he isn’t quite adapting to Scotland and given a previous move to Sevilla ended after struggling with the switch from Ukraine to Spain (The Daily Record), it’s beginning to look like history could repeat itself.
These fans are certainly concerned, taking to Twitter this week to share their thoughts on it all…
He clearly isn’t fit enough. The language barrier is an issue also. If your a squad player you should be battering the managers door or snowing your that good that you can’t say no to him. We need people up for the cause and he doesn’t have it the #herefornineandten
— Barry (@celticfella1967) February 5, 2020
Needs to work harder in training by sounds of it ..
— Melle Mel Frimpong (@glasmel) February 4, 2020
Can’t see him playing much for Celtic, another squad player who doesn’t play!!
— Daniel Mc Polin (@DanielMcPolin1) February 4, 2020
The most baffling thing about all this is why isn’t he even getting a game for the reserves? Benyu, Compper, Griffiths, Arzani etc all regularly played for the reserves when not in the first team. As far as I’m aware Shved hasn’t even played once for the reserves. Why?
— Charlie (@CharlieMcQ67) February 4, 2020
Maybe this will shut up all the “release Sved mob” The manager sees the players everyday in training and makes the call… Yet Jimmy fae coatbridge knows better. 🙄
— Stephen Maguire (@squiremaguire87) February 4, 2020
Why not play him today against rangers reserves , why not give him a bit of game time get him on the park , and why talk him up in Dubai then not put him in the bench against thistle ?
— jack gorman (@jackgorman10) February 4, 2020
Na he’s done I’m afraid. Another expensive gamble. Shame tho he defo has something
— MAGIC Mℹ️T☪️H ™ (@CIA_mitchrapp) February 5, 2020
Seems like one of the most bizarre signings in recent seasons. Rodgers didn’t want him either when he was manager.
— Pops (@paddyonthewing) February 4, 2020
Think it could be make or break for the lad in the summer. Might end up going out on loan to get game time if he can’t break into the squad before next season starts.
— GerryBhoy (@retrobotik) February 4, 2020