Ukrainian journalist opens up on Maryan Shved's Celtic decision

By David Walton

June 4, 2019

Celtic fans may want to temper expectations on Maryan Shved after words from a Ukrainian football journalist.

The tricky-looking winger has been receiving rave reports since signing for the Hoops back in January. He was immediately loaned back out to previous club Karpaty Lviv. He would leave the club as the country’s third top goalscorer that season.

Celtic fans will be looking forward to seeing how Shved adapts to football in Glasgow. His tribute video from Karpaty Lviv will have had many supporters excited. Meanwhile, he also won Player of the Month in Ukraine for the month of March (Celticfc.net). It was certainly a successful period for him back home at the tail-end of last season.

Celtic man Maryan Shved is back in the international fold too (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Yet, despite all that, Ukrainian journalist Vadim Furmanov told Football Scotland that he wasn’t sure how Shved would adapt.

“It’s difficult to say. I hope it won’t be such a difficult transition period, but he already had a spell abroad at Sevilla during which he failed to settle, although he suffered an injury and he moved at a very young age.Hopefully he can settle in quickly, though I do think it will take him a bit of time to get acclimatised to the league.

“Some journalists have actually questioned the decision to move to the Scottish league. This was not a dig against Celtic by any means, but more in the sense that his style of play is better suited for a less physical, more technical league like the Eredivisie or the Bundesliga.

“(On Robben comparisons) When Shved plays on the right there’s a similarity in their play style in that Shved is also left-footed and cuts inside often, but that’s the extent of the comparison. There’s no way he’s anywhere as good, and I doubt his ceiling is that high.”

Shved can do plenty of damage in Scottish football

Whilst Furmanov knows much about Shved, we know much about Scottish football. From what us Celtic fans have seen from his clips during his time in Ukraine, Shved is the kind of player that looks like he could tear it up over here.

Patrick Roberts looks a similar player, but he didn’t have any troubles at Parkhead (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He’s the kind of player Scotland is generally missing. He has quick footwork, seems to have some solid strength about him despite his size, and is a goal threat from inside and outside the penalty area.

Some would’ve said that the likes of Patrick Roberts could’ve struggled against the physicality of Scottish football defences. Look how that turned out. Therefore, there’s no denying that Shved can surely do the same.

Neil Lennon will be tasked with getting the best out of Shved this season (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Of course, it will also take time for him to settle into Scottish football – Furmanov was probably right about that. Coming from such a different culture will be a shock to him. Then again, hopefully his time at Sevilla will have helped him slightly.

It’s all going to be speculative until we see Shved for the first time in the flesh. Furmanov’s warnings will be heard and noted, but it won’t make us any less excited about what Shved could bring to Parkhead.