Celtic winger Marian Shved is set to be handed a more prominent role in the Hoops’ first team after impressing manager Neil Lennon in training.
Football Insider reported that the 22-year-old has caught the eye of his manager on the training ground, with Lennon prepared to integrate him into the team more regularly in the coming months.
Interestingly, Lennon is excited by the winger’s talent and is convinced he can be a real asset cutting in from the right flank on to his favoured left foot.
He is regarded as a stellar talent and capable of eventually making a big impact in a green-and-white shirt.
Upon hooking up with his parent club over the summer, he came off the bench to score on his debut for the club in the 2-0 win away to Nomme Kalju in Champions League qualifying in late July, as reported by BBC.
However, he has not featured for the team since that 20-minute appearance and has only been named in the matchday squad four more times, while he picked up an ankle injury in training for Ukraine last week and was sent back to Glasgow, as reported by the Daily Record.
Shved was very prolific for previous club Karpaty Lviv last season, scoring 15 goals and providing four assists in 26 matches, an average of 0.58 goals and 0.15 assists per game.
That record came in the Ukrainian league, which is ranked ninth in UEFA’s association club coefficient, 10 places higher than Scotland.
Despite his impressive goals tally, the 22-year-old has had to play second fiddle to James Forrest at Celtic, with his team-mate flying out of the traps this season with six goals and five assists in 12 games (0.5 goals and o.42 assists per game).
Fellow midfielder Jonny Hayes has also made a significant impact in his limited game time in recent weeks, scoring twice in just three appearances and 69 minutes on the field (one goal per 34.5 minutes).
Forrest has been in a rich vein of scoring form, having netted in each of his last four European appearances; and having started 11 of Celtic’s 13 matches this season, the right-wing slot seems like his to lose.
However, Shved made the most of his cameo against Nomme Kalju to show that he is capable of plundering goals as an impact substitute and, after scoring so regularly in Ukraine last season, he deserves more of a chance to show Lennon what he can do.
Even if he doesn’t start regularly, the 22-year-old’s goal record suggest that he might be an effective game-changer from the bench.
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