Report: Celtic outcast Marian Shved wanted for a second loan spell

By Euan Davidson

June 17, 2021

Celtic outcast Marian Shved is wanted for another loan spell in Belgium, according to a report.

GVA claim that KV Mechelen want “Ferdy Druijf and Marian Shved for one year longer”. It seems to be a mutual feeling, with Shved expressing an interest in staying, earlier this month [Tribuna]:

“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.”

The right-winger, signed by Celtic in 2019, played just over 1,000 minutes of football in Belgium last season. He managed to score 5 goals and lay on 3 assists; an improvement no doubt, but still concerning in the context of being good enough for Celtic.

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Jack Hendry, another Celtic loanee, won Sport Voetbal’s Player of the Year after his travails in the Jupiler Pro League last season. Shved hasn’t had quite the same success, but he’s at least getting some opportunities. That isn’t guaranteed with the Bhoys, where he’s played just 3 competitive games in all competitions.

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It says a great deal that despite having so few options on the right of midfield, Shved wasn’t deemed good enough to stay in Celtic’s squad.

Shved in scoring form for Celtic / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

After James Forrest’s injury problems, Ryan Christie and Jeremie Frimpong were utilised in an unfamiliar attacking role. Christie’s natural tendency to drift into central areas left Celtic very narrow in attack, while Frimpong left in January. Most of the attacking game on the right flank for the Hoops in the latter end of 20-21 came from Jonjoe Kenny.

Karamoko Dembele made a couple of cameo appearances, even scoring against St Johnstone [BBC]. With Shved likely to leave again on loan, it seems more likely that Dembele will feature as Forrest’s deputy in 21-22. For the Ukrainian, his Celtic journey looks to be nearing an end, whether now or next summer.

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