The firm message Celtic should send Marian Shved and KV Mechelen this week

By David Walton

May 10, 2021

2019 Celtic signing Marian Shved hasn’t been given any sort of opportunity to impress in Glasgow, but it’s time that changed.

KV Mechelen took Shved in the summer and gave him a season-long loan stint in Belgium. He’s currently in the process of wrapping that up now, having managed 21 appearances and bag seven direct goal contributions [Transfermarkt]. In short, Marian has been given the opportunity to kick-start his career once again, and he’s taken it with aplomb.

And it’s been so much of a success that both Mechelen and Shved seemingly want the agreement to be extended. Yes, the former Karpaty Lviv star has informed the Belgian Pro League side that he wants to stay there next season. Manager Wouter Vrancken stated that they’re hoping to have some news on Shved’s future in the coming days [Daily Record].

Celtic have already shown their openness to selling talent before the summer window already. Patryk Klimala moved to the New York Red Bulls before a new manager has even been appointed. It would be no surprise to therefore see Shved’s deal extended.

However, from a Celtic perspective, it’s important to hold the bus on any confirmation of an extension. The reason? Shved could be exactly what we’re looking for down the right-flank next season.

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Celtic need a right-winger; Shved needs to be looked at before a decision is made

Celtic have neglected the right-wing position for far too long. James Forrest hasn’t had proper competition since Patrick Roberts was here back in 2017/18. Since then, whenever Forrest has picked up an injury, we’ve been left trying to shoehorn number 10s into the position.

Mechelen, however, have managed to get a tune out of Shved this season. He hasn’t been a constant in their starting XI, but he’s made a fine impact when he’s been on the pitch. It would be totally foolish of Celtic to just sign off on another loan deal when he could be the answer to our backup problems.

We’ve already seen how vital it is this season to ensure a quality replacement for Forrest is available. Celtic making a rash decision on Shved before the new manager has seen him up close could be counter-productive. It could see us splash out on a replacement for no reason, or even worse, fail to strengthen in the position at all.

Shved slaloms past defenders for KV Mechelen / (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Celtic return surely an intriguing concept for Ukrainian talent

Shved apparently wants to stay with Mechelen. However, that most likely comes from playing games on a weekly basis. Of course, he’ll want to stay in Belgium if he’s constantly being given opportunities to impress. He likely believes that he’s been frozen out at Parkhead.

It would be interesting to see how he would feel about potentially coming back and being given a chance to stake a claim. Mechelen have given him his confidence back. We’re talking about a player who was once deemed worthy by Andriy Shevchenko to feature for Ukraine’s first team.

If Shved has rediscovered the form that made Celtic sign him from Karpaty Lviv in the first place, let’s get him back and have a look. If the player and Mechelen are looking for an answer this week? Then they need to be told, as things stand, it’s not happening.

In other news, a reported 2020 Celtic EPL target is available for nothing this summer.