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Report: Celtic looking to send in-demand 23-year-old out on loan, Shevchenko rates him highly

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Report: Celtic looking to send in-demand 23-year-old out on loan, Shevchenko rates him highly

Celtic winger Marian Shved is reportedly on the radar of clubs across Europe as Neil Lennon looks to send the 23-year-old out on loan again, according to the Glasgow Times.

The Ukraine international barely got a look in at Celtic under Lennon last season, with just three first-team appearances – all off the bench.

Shved was signed by Brendan Rodgers for a reported £2million fee shortly before he quit Celtic for Leicester City, the player subsequently seeing out the season on loan back at Karpaty Lviv.

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The youngster, who cost a reported £2million (Scottish Sun) finished the 2018-19 season with an impressive 15 goals and four assists from 26 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

In June last year, Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko was quoted by the Daily Record as saying: “It’s clear he has a lot of talent. There is still work to be done, but he has progressed hugely.

“He has just made a very big transfer for a massive club like Celtic and he is motivated to show them what he can do when he goes to Scotland. There’s no doubt he has improved a lot and he will go on to be a big player for Ukraine.”

 

There were high hopes amongst fans that Shved would be able to make an impact for the Scottish Premiership champions, but things didn’t go to plan, with just 40 minutes of first team action under his belt.

Now, the Glasgow Times claims that Celtic are weighing up options from around Europe as they look to send Shved out on loan, with options in Belgium, Portugal and Holland.

Karpaty Lviv have reportedly thrown their name in the hat again for another temporary stint, but apparently this is “out of the question”.

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Shved has been on Celtic’s books since January 2019 but his Hoops career is yet to get going, which is a huge shame given just how well he’s done at Karpaty Lviv.

However, the suggestion that a return to the Ukrainian club is not being considered suggests that Celtic are looking for him to go out of his comfort zone and play in stronger leagues.

And with Shved’s contract running until 2023, there is still plenty of time to develop whilst on the Celtic books, so depending on how he does elsewhere, he could eventually come good for the Hoops.

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