Celtic winger Marian Shved confirms he wants Belgian stay

By John McGinley

June 4, 2021

Celtic attacker Marian Shved doesn’t want to return to the first-team squad this summer, preferring the option of an exit to loan club Mechelen.

Shved, who barely got an opportunity at the Bhoys, has overcome initial difficulties to settle well in Belgium.

The Ukrainian made 24 appearances over the course of the season, netting five goals and assisting three.

Now, the winger has made his intentions clear.

Shved told Tribuna in his homeland: “I am pleased with the last season, because again I felt the rhythm of the game and confidence in my abilities. I didn’t manage to adapt quickly enough to the new club Mechelen and the Belgian championship, but being here made me stronger both mentally and in terms of play.

“As a result, I got a chance that I did not have at Celtic. My loan is ending and I would like to stay and play at Mechelen. I feel the confidence of the coach and confidence in my abilities. And without trust, no footballer can play.”

Marian Shved Celtic saga has been bizarre from the start

Celtic have badly needed wingers over the last 12 months.

Shved may well have ended up getting the opportunities he’s since had in Belgium. For whatever reason he wasn’t fancied by former boss Neil Lennon. It’s likely he wasn’t showing enough in training.

Celtic winger Marian Shved in action for Mechelen / Photo by YORICK JANSENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

However, Mechelen clearly managed to find the right motivation for him. It’s a shame that Celtic couldn’t.

The move for him was bizarre from the off. Remember Brendan Rodgers’ puzzling interview when it was first reported we’d bid? [Sky Sports]

Hopefully we get a decent fee and move on.

In other news, Celtic have tabled a bid for an international defender.