Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Karpaty Lviv sporting director Oleg Smaliychuk has praised Marian Shved’s attitude over being stuck on the sidelines at Celtic but admits he ‘may have made the wrong choice‘ over his move to Parkhead.
Shved, who has made just three appearances for the Hoops since his £2m transfer last year, is currently stuck on the sidelines having not been able to usurp fellow wingers James Forrest or Mohamed Elyounoussi. The Ukrainian international, whose value has dropped to £1.35m according to Transfermarkt, has attempted to show gratitude and humility over his lack of game time – apparently claiming to Smaliychuk that he has ‘no regrets‘ over his move to Scotland.
However, the sporting director admits with hindsight that he may have made the wrong choice when opting for a transfer to Glasgow – especially when other suitors like Belgian club Genk were an option at the time.
“Marian has very strong qualities as a player and as a person. He never looks for excuses,” explained Smaliychuk to the Scottish Sun.
“If you asked 99 per cent of Ukrainian players why they weren’t playing, they would say the manager is bad, their agent was rubbish, or the pitch isn’t good enough. Anything.
“But when I asked Marian about Celtic he just told me he was trying as hard as he possibly could, but there are so many good players at Celtic. Genk actually offered more money than Celtic, but we gave him the choice and he chose Celtic.
“Looking back and knowing what we know now, he may have made the wrong choice.”
Indeed, judging by Shved’s lack of game time and failure to break into the side, Smaliychuk may be correct in his assessment. Even though the 22-year-old is still young, at the moment, it looks like Celtic could have made the wrong call in opting to sign the winger.
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