Celtic and KV Mechelen finally put an end to Marian Shved saga

By Euan Davidson

July 23, 2021

Celtic and KV Mechelen have agreed an undisclosed fee for Ukrainian winger Marian Shved.

Shved, who spent last season on loan with the Belgian side, found form and fitness under manager Wouter Vrancken. After an initially disappointing spell, the KV boss shellacked the Celtic loanee extremely publicly [Sun].

However, the berating worked, and Shved ended up netting 5 goals and 3 assists in for the side.

He since described his wish to return to the Belgians, and it’s ended up working. Mechelen Sporting Director Tom Caluwe said [KV Mechelen]:

“We have worked on this file for a long time and with all our might.

Celtic played a transfer blinder earlier this week

“Everyone is happy that it is finally over. Marian showed his potential after a difficult start and showed a real willingness to stay with our club. That only strengthens the belief in our project even more.” 

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Shved followed up, saying [KV Mechelen]:

“It was clear to me that I wanted to stay. I’ve already gone back to say hello in the locker room and to the coaches. I feel good in this group.”

While there was a semi-serious campaign by supporters for Celtic to play Shved more regularly, this is a transfer that needed to happen. Clearly, something just didn’t click for Shved in Glasgow. The club’s readiness to loan him out indicates that something just wasn’t right for him.

Whether it was his frustration with lack of game-time, or a lack of application in training, maybe we’ll never know.

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