Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted he doesn’t know much about Maryan Shved.
The Karpaty Lviv winger is set to sign for the club for a £1.75 million fee (The Scottish Sun) and become the club’s fourth deal of the January transfer window.
Speaking after Celtic’s 4-0 victory over St. Mirren, Rodgers conceded: “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 interesting assessment from Rodgers, who has effectively informed the youngster he is not in his immediate plans – but perhaps he is jumping the gun slightly.
Room could be made for Shved
It seems strange that Rodgers would publicly state his intentions for the player before he’s even officially signed.
A few things could well happen at Parkhead that would see Shved get a chance to play this season.
Lewis Morgan is set to leave the club on loan with Aberdeen and Hibernian reportedly fighting over him (The Daily Record).
Daniel Arzani is a long-term injury absentee and the ageing Johnny Hayes hasn’t shown much in eight appearances this term.
With Oliver Burke having impressed in a central role, there could easily be room for the talented Shved to make his mark for the club.