Revealed: Rarely-seen Celtic player set for major role after Lennon blown away in training
By Wayne Veysey
Marian Shved is set for a major Celtic role following the international break after blowing Neil Lennon away in training, Football Insider has learned.
The Ukraine international, 22, has made just one appearance and had only 20 minutes of senior action for the Hoops since joining in the summer.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Shved has nonetheless made a big impression on manager Lennon, who is ready to integrate him into the team over the coming months.
The northern Irishman is excited by the talented of the winger and is convinced he can be a real asset cutting in from the right flank on to his favoured left foot.
The Celtic coaching staff have been working behind the scenes at their Lennoxtown headquarters on building up Shved’s fitness and sharpness, as well as understanding of team play.
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He is regarded as a stellar talent and capable of eventually making a big impact in a green-and-white shirt.
Supporters are looking forward to seeing more of Shved after he marked his club debut in July with a goal in a 2-0 Champions League qualifier triumph against Kalju Nomme.
The forward, who joined Celtic in January for £2million before returning to Kiev-based outfit Karpaty on loan, sustained an ankle injury during the current international break and has returned to Celtic for assessment.
Lennon plans to gradually integrate him into his side and compete with the likes of James Forrest for game time on the right flank when he is fully up to speed.