Some Celtic fans are annoyed with the Shved situation; we must trust Lennon, his comments were revealing
Marian Shved has moved to Belgian top-flight side KV Mechelen on a season-long loan, it was confirmed by Celtic earlier on Saturday.
Best of luck, Marian! 👍🍀
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 15, 2020
Mechelen have also confirmed, via their official website, that they hold a purchase option on the winger should he impress abroad.
It’s news that appears to have upset some Celtic fans.
There’s a contingent amongst the support that feel Shved was never given a fair shake in Glasgow following his move from Karpaty Lviv, where was a stand-out in the Ukrainian top-flight.
Considering he only made three substitute appearances for the Hoops last season, it’s easy to see why there was a clamouring to see more of the player.
These supporters took to Twitter today to share their concern, after the announcement was made.
This guy was outstanding at his previous club his one European game scored a peach a mean a belter and never got a look in boy never got a chance hope he does good and comes back better
— bhoy 1973 (@1973Bhoy) August 15, 2020
thats a gutter https://t.co/tdWKHQjWKy
— Ryan Smith (@RyanSmith1355) August 15, 2020
My heart has been broken 💔 https://t.co/CQS6dsIotu
— Pat Farrell (@patmanfarrell) August 15, 2020
Hasnt really been given a chance. Wld like to know who actually signed him or gave the go ahead to sign him as it clearly wasnt BR.
Wld have liked to have seen him go on loan to a Scottish side then we wld have seen him close up to decide if he cld make the breakthrough wth us.
— Kevin Reynolds (@1888Bhoys) August 15, 2020
How convenient for Lenny to allow a buy option in his deal to lessen any serious competition for Forrest at RW, looking out for his wee mate.
That’s now four players with talented potential that’s left under his management without a proper chance (Shved, Arzani, Kouassi, Bayo).
— CelticEddy67 (@CelticEddy67) August 15, 2020
Still don’t know why he never got much opportunity. Thought he showed a bit of promise any time he played https://t.co/RbZJU7TUhu
— Jamie Murrie (@JamieMurrie) August 15, 2020
I genuinely don’t believe Lennon gets quizzed enough re this guy, ie, where’s he been, is it he fit, when will we see him a again etc. A stand out for a club battling relegation in Ukraine, I’m curious as to what’s went wrong so far at us. https://t.co/jDTs85qprE
— CelticBhoy1888 (@Bhoy1888Celtic1) August 15, 2020
It’s a shame. This guy came to the club and we had high expectations due to the various reports. Disappointing to see him go on loan without really getting a chance. Maybe more to it mind. https://t.co/Kia5Bj2ZI8
— Colin Torley (@ctorley) August 15, 2020
100% shocker … the lads not given a chance …. yep Lennon has his favourites https://t.co/ELKqvuG6yc
— Dallas (@dal80y) August 15, 2020
While I certainly have sympathy with the viewpoint that Shved should have at least been given a starting opportunity at the club, there simply needs to be an element of trust in Neil Lennon here.
I too have questions about what’s gone wrong with the Shved signing.
However, the manager has seen his progress up close in training and witnessed how well, or not, he has integrated into the squad we have in place.
Lennon actually gave an update on the winger back in February, telling 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.”
Those comments are pretty revealing if Shved simply wasn’t showing enough to get appearances at the champions then we should be happy standards are high.
Hopefully we can now do a bit of business before the October transfer deadline and get another winger in at the club.
Stronger competition for Forrest is needed but Shved wasn’t the right man for the job, as unfortunate as that is.