CELTIC blocked a January loan move for Marian Shved – because of the language barrier.

The rarely-seen £2million winger, bought by ex-boss Brendan Rogers in January last year, was wanted by Spanish second tier side Deportivo Lugo, according to a Ukrainian team-mate.

Shved has made just three Hoops appearances since his arrival and his only outing in 2020 was a five-minute cameo in the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Clyde at Broadwood in February. It was his first run-out in the top side since October.

It looked as though he was on his way to Spain until his lack of English scuppered his opportunity, according to a report in the Daily Record.

Shved’s homeland friend Vasyl Kravets, a defender with Deportivo Lugo, insisted his club attempted to get the 22-year-old on a temporary transfer.

He said: “Marian almost signed for us on loan in the last transfer window. He was happy to come here.

“But Celtic blocked the move. They wanted him to sign for a team that was closer to Glasgow.

“He would only be allowed to move to a team where he could communicate in English, so the deal was off.”

In March, as CQN reported, Shved admitted he had struggled to get a game at the champions because his team-mates were too good and he accepted his position as a fringe player.


CQN would like to thank our readers for their patience in the interruption to the launch of Alex Gordon’s latest Celtic book, ‘Fifty Flags’, which was due to be published in March.

Unfortunately, production of the tome, which thoroughly examines the glorious half-century of seasons in which the Parkhead men were crowned Scotland champions, came to an unfortunate halt due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

The support for ‘Fifty Flags’ has been overwhelming and author Alex said: “The response to the book has been utterly astonishing and I can only say how totally grateful I am to CQN readers for their backing. I can only hope it will be worth the wait.

“We are depending on the printers letting us know when the run will commence and we are in their hands at the moment. It will be published this year and CQN will keep the readers up to date. Thanks for your patience, folks. It’s much appreciated. 

“Main thing, though, in these testing times is to take care and stay safe. See you all when we get the green light.”

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