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AWOL CELT EXPLAINED

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MARIAN SHVED missed the chance of facing his Celtic team-mate Jack Hendry in a Belgian Pro-League game at the weekend.

The on-loan Ukrainian winger was too late in returning from the international break to be included in Mechelen boss Wouter Vrancken’s line-up to face FK Ostende.

Defender Hendry, starting his first game in nine months, scored the only goal of the encounter.

There was nothing sinister about the non-appearance of 23-year-old flanker Shved and chief Vrancken explained he was unable to get a flight back and was forced to take a car.

The head coach, in a report in the Daily Record, said: “His flight was fully booked, so he had to take the car to Belgium. He only arrived last night.”

Shved, who made only three appearances for Neil Lennon’s side last season, has managed just 24 minutes in the Belgian outfit’s first three league games during his season-loan loan period.

Vrancken, though, insisted he has a role to play at Mechelen and added: “Because he hardly played at all last season, he wants to relaunch his career with us. He will bring us a real injection of quality to this club.

“He’s a shy guy and we are going to have to take him under our wing a bit, but he will soon get to know his new team mates. He will need time though because he’s barely played at all last season and was training on his own.”

 
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