Celtic have seemingly secured a deal to sign Maryan Shved. As reported by The Scottish Sun, Celtic will be signing the Ukrainian from Karpaty Lviv in a £1.75 million deal.
Speaking after the 4-0 win over St Mirren yesterday, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed the deal is close. However, he also made some alarming comments. The Celtic manager clearly has no idea who the player is.
He suggested that Shved was something of an unnecessary acquisition. With Scott Sinclair, James Forrest, Lewis Morgan, Jonny Hayes, new signings Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah, as well as Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor all options on the flanks, wingers were not his priority.
“I can’t say I know a great deal about him but what I have seen he is a talent and something that will probably benefit the club in the future.
“We’ve got about a million wingers and don’t need another one but he’s a talent and in the summer we’ll probably lose wingers and he’ll look to come in. It’s an opportunity for the club to sign a young talented player but not one that will probably help us now.”
It calls into question who is calling the transfer shots at Celtic, after months of poor recruitment.
Shved, it seems, could be the next Daniel Arzani. The Australian arrived on loan from Manchester City in the summer. After featuring at the World Cup as a teenager Celtic fans were excited to see him in action. Rodgers, however, clearly did not have him in his plans.
Arzani was not even considered until he came off the bench against Dundee in October. That was his first and last appearance of the season. A knee injury was cruel to the player, but probably spared Celtic the embarrassment of him featuring more for the under-23s than the first-team.
Luckily, it appears that Burke and Weah will be decent signings and many will forget about a long list of Celtic duds. Hopefully, Shved is not one of them. But it certainly seems as though he does not have much chance of playing for Celtic regularly this season.