A number of Celtic fans have urged Neil Lennon to practice what he has been preaching about rarely-seen Hoops winger Marian Shved after @celticbible on Twitter posted comments from the manager.
Speaking about the 22-year-old from the mid-season training camp in Dubai (as per The Scotsman), Lennon said: “He’s doing good. He’s training well. He’s looking lively and has been a wee bit of a bonus this week. It’s an opportunity to just explode onto it. He’s looked very healthy and I’ve been pleased with him.” [via @celticbible]
Shved has only played twice for Celtic so far this season, scoring in a 20-minute substitute appearance against Nomme Kalju in Champions League qualifying and most recently getting 15 minutes off the bench in the 6-0 win over Ross County in October. That was also the last time when the Ukrainian made a matchday squad, with just four other squad inclusions since the start of the current campaign. [via TransferMarkt]
Shved was signed by Celtic a year ago before being loaned back to Karpaty Lviv for the rest of 2018/19, as per celticfc.net. Back in August, Lennon told the Daily Record that the 22-year-old “needs to up his tempo and his work” in order to get more game-time at Parkhead, something that has rarely been granted to him, although the Celtic manager is now proclaiming a different tune.
In response to Lennon’s comments, these Celtic fans on Twitter have called on the Hoops manager to play Shved more regularly:
Maybe you start playing him then.
— irishhoop.🍀🍀🍀🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪. (@theirishhoop) January 13, 2020
The boy looks one of the best ballers we have why he hasn’t had more of a chance I just can’t fathom.
— Daniel Tobin (@dant66) January 13, 2020
I think lenny left shved in Dubai last year hopefully he remembers to bring him back this time lol
— kate dunbar (@katedunbar61) January 13, 2020
Need to give the guy a chance defo
— Haydong (@Hadyn67) January 13, 2020
Give the bhoy the game time he deserve
— Stevie Lowrie (@StevieLowrie) January 13, 2020
Give the guy a chance 💚🍀 looks like he’s quality.
— Andrew Quinn (@AndrewQuinn81) January 13, 2020
Actions speak louder than words Neil. #CelticFC have Shved & Dembele. At least stop looking elsewhere and give the Bhoys a chance, otherwise Jamsie will be burnt out & Shved & Dembele will look away.
— Mo (@50sEKBOY) January 13, 2020
Get him in the team then.
— 😎 (@MC19778) January 13, 2020
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