Days after crashing out of the Champions League, Celtic face Dunfermline in the Second Round of the Scottish League Cup. Neil Lennon will be hoping for his players to produce a commanding display after Tuesday night’s disappointment.
On Tuesday, Lennon decided to leave Marian Shved out of his matchday squad. This would have been disappointing for the midfielder, who joined this summer from Karpaty Lviv.
Shved has only played 20 minutes this season and he got on the scoresheet in the Champions League clash against Nomme Kalju. But since then, he has been left on the bench in a couple of games and he was not in the squad against Cluj.
The once-capped Ukraine international will be disappointed with this after getting off to a flyer for the Bhoys. But he needs to shake this disappointment off if he gets a chance this weekend.
Celtic host Dunfermline and it should be a regulation victory on paper. It gives Lennon a chance to rotate his squad and use some of his fringe players. And Shved is one such player who can prove himself to Lennon with his performance.
The 22-year-old is an exciting left-footed attacking midfielder who could thrive in Glasgow. His record of 23 goals in 55 games for Karpaty Lviv is an indication of his talent. Now is the time to try him out.