Marian Shved has completed a loan move to Belgian outfit Mechelen – and their manager cannot believe his luck.
The winger is to compete in the Belgian First Division A in 2020/21, after making virtually no impact for Celtic after joining the club last year.
Shved has only made three appearances for the Glasgow giants, and fans have been disappointed with how things have turned out so far.
The task of challenging James Forrest has proven too much, and it is no surprise to see him playing his football elsewhere in the new season.
Despite his struggles in Scotland though, Mechelen manager Wouter Vrancken is over the moon to have signed Shved.
He said (Daily Record): “Let’s be honest here, Marian Shved is an outstanding talent who would not normally choose to play for a club like Mechelen.
“But because he hardly played at all last season, he wants to relaunch his career with us. He will bring us a real injection of quality to this club.
“He’s a shy guy and we are going to have to take him under our wing a bit, but he will soon get to know his new team mates.”
TBR’s View – Make of break for Shved?
Shved needs a top season over in Belgium if he is to remain on Celtic’s books beyond 2021.
That said, the option-to-buy clause would suggest the Hoops would be happy to allow him a permanent exit if he does do well.
One does have to wonder from Vrancken’s glowing report why it hasn’t worked out for Shved at Celtic.