The Celtic signing of Marian Shved has been bizarre from the start.
Even before he was officially unveiled as a Bhoy, it didn’t quite add up.
Former manager Brendan Rodgers provided strange comments on his arrival.
He told Sky Sports back in January 2019: “I can’t say I know a great deal about him but what I have seen he is a talent and something that will probably benefit the club in the future.
“We’ve got about a million wingers and don’t need another one, but he’s a talent.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
At the time it called into question the relationship between Rodgers and the Celtic recruitment team, which would all come to a head with his exit to Leicester City the following month.
Shved arrived to be part of the Celtic squad that summer after initially re-signing for Karpaty Lviv on loan.
Since then his progress has been minuscule, managing to make just three substitute appearances during the 2019/20 season.
Sent on loan to Belgian top-flight side Mechelen, the latest news on his development isn’t good.
Mechelen manager Wouter Vrancken has slammed his attitude at the club, and there appears to be absolutely no way back for him.
Vrancken told HLN: “The players and staff do everything they can to include Shved in the story. But he puts himself above the group. He regularly arrives late and pretends not to be here. The staff and the players have talked to him several times. I spoke to him in private, I also addressed him in the group.
“Then if you don’t even get a response… Well, it stops. If you want to be a loner, you can. But then go play billiards or something. Then you don’t belong in this team, where everyone goes through the fire for each other. He is introverted. And his arrogance makes it worse.”
An unnamed teammate would back that up with their own quote to HLN, which said: “Marian is a timid guy. He is strong in a one-on-one situation and a good finisher. Someone with many qualities. But he has an incredibly bad attitude.”
The Belgian outlet says that Mechelen are now evaluating his situation during the winter break.
An early return to Celtic could be on the cards here, though Shved is still training with the first-team, despite these outbursts.
The 23-year-old has only managed to play 54 minutes of football this season (Transfermarkt).
Clearly, Celtic should be worried about this situation. Earning this kind of reputation won’t make it easy for the club to shift him on a permanent transfer or another loan.
With two-and-a-half years left on his Bhoys contract, we could be paying him wages for a long time, with little return.