Sporting Director reveals definitive stance on Celtic winger Marian Shved

By John McGinley

December 18, 2020

Mechelen will not attempt to cut short Marian Shved’s loan from Celtic next month.

Shved left Celtic Park during the summer transfer window for a spell in Belgium.

However, it’s fair to say the move hasn’t gone to plan.

The Ukrainian has barely featured for the first-team, making just 3 appearances to date.

Mechelen manager Wouter Vrancken also gave him a severe public dressing down recently, suggesting he should ‘go and play billiards’ if he doesn’t buck up his ideas.

It led to speculation he could be on his way back to Celtic.

However, Mechelen sporting director, Tom Kaluve, has told The Daily Record: “We had a conversation with the player and the manager together. We will try to do everything so that Marian becomes the player in Mechelen that he was in Ukraine before.

“He is a very talented football player and a good guy. It cannot be called problematic at all.

“We have already seen a reaction from him in training. I am confident that he will become an important player for us for the rest of the season.”

It’s obvious that the winger has talent. However, Shved appears to struggle away from his homeland.

Celtic winger Marian Shved / (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

He made the switch to Sevilla as a teenager but had problems settling in Spain before returning east. Similarly, he didn’t make much progress at Lennoxtown with the Celtic squad.

Now, in Belgium, it seems he at least will have a second chance to impress.

Will he take it?

In other news, Celtic have rejected a transfer offer from English Premier League club Crystal Palace.