Some Celtic fans are annoyed with the Shved situation; we must trust Lennon, his comments were revealing

By John McGinley

August 15, 2020

Marian Shved has moved to Belgian top-flight side KV Mechelen on a season-long loan, it was confirmed by Celtic earlier on Saturday.

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.

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.”

Celtic winger Marian Shved has left the club on loan / (Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)

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.

In other news, Celtic have been quoted a price for Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy.