FORGOTTEN £2million signing Marion Shved has revealed why he cannot get a first-team game for Celtic – his team-mates are TOO good!
The Ukrainian winger was Brendan Rodgers’ last signing for the Hoops in January 2019 when he agreed a move from Karpaty Lviv.
He was immediately loaned back to his homeland club until the end of their season and he has made just three appearances since Neil Lennon took over in February last year.
His brief cameo appearance in the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over League One part-timers Clyde at Broadwood in January was his first sighting for months.
Lviv sports director Oleg Smaliychuk, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Marian has very strong qualities as a player and as a person. He never looks for excuses.
“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. He told me they are a big club and have an excellent selection of players.
“When the time came for him to move, he had an offer from Belgium, too. I gave him a list of pros and cons of moving to Genk or Celtic and told him to make a decision, along with his father.
“I thought he made the right choice, but how was he to know Brendan Rodgers would leave straight away. Celtic were also going to loan him to another club in Scotland, but changed their minds.
“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.”
Shved, 22, is under contract until June 2023 and still insists he has a future at the champions – if he is given the chance.