Alan Hutton suggests Maryan Shved is having issues with adapting to life in Glasgow after it was claimed Celtic vetoed a loan move to Spain in January.
The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant Russell Edge, claims that Neil Lennon clearly has plans for the barely-seen Ukranian after a revelation from the winger’s international teammate.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Deportivo Lugo defender Vasyl Kravets, who has played with Shved for both club and country, revealed the 22-year-old wide man was blocked from joining the Spanish side in January.
He claims that the Bhoys wanted their 2019 signing to move to an English-speaking side closer to Glasgow after struggling for game time at Parkhead.
Reacting to Kravets’ comments, Hutton believes that Lennon sees Shved as someone who can still have a significant impact for the Hoops if he can overcome the language barrier.
Hutton told Football Insider: “You just wonder what’s going on in the background. He’s Ukrainian, they obviously want him to learn the language and bed in with English.
“He might not have been doing it while he was at Parkhead and that was one of the main reasons why Neil Lennon can’t get his point across as to why he’s not playing. The last time he played was against Clyde and it wasn’t a great performance as far as I can remember.
“They must see something in him to be looking out for his future, like he wants him to go to an English speaking club so he learns the language and stuff, so the Spanish thing wasn’t a choice.
“There’s obviously a reason behind that, they see something that they want to get the basics right so they can improve him. It’s not been great so far but they’re still putting the work in which tells me there must be something.”
Speaking about Shved’s failed January move, Kravets was quoted by Daily Record as saying: “Marian almost signed for us on loan in the last transfer window. He was happy to come here but Celtic blocked the move.
“They wanted him to sign for a team that was closer to Glasgow. He would only be allowed to move to a team where he could communicate in English, so the deal was off.