As Celtic fell to defeat on Tuesday evening despite an encouraging display against holders Real Madrid, elsewhere on a night of hectic Champions League action a certain former Hoop by the name of Marian Shved stole the headlines on what was his debut outing in the competition.
The former Celtic – who left the club for Belgian side KV Mechelen back in the summer of 2021 – scored twice for new club Shakhtar Donetsk in a thumping 4-1 victory away at Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig.
Amid what was a poignant affair amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, it was the 25-year-old – alongside highly-sought teammate Mykhaylo Mudryk – who lit up proceedings against the German outfit, notably pouncing on an early error from opposition stopper Peter Gulasci to slot home from distance.
Such an impact in his new surroundings is no doubt a far cry from the story of his miserable stint at Parkhead, with the impressive winger having hardly been handed a look in after signing from Karparty Lviv back in 2019.
The 5 foot 7 sensation had no doubt caught the eye at his previous club after netting 15 goals during the 2018/19 campaign, albeit with then Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers seemingly less than impressed by the addition, having insisted that his side already had a “million wingers”.
Not the welcome that any player would want at his new club, the Ukraine international went on to make just three appearances in total in his debut season in Glasgow, with Rodgers seemingly inferring that the signing had simply been foisted upon him.
After his 40 minutes of action in that dismal campaign – in which he managed to score against Kalju FC – the two-cap dud was shipped off on loan to Belgium for the following season, having been handed effectively no chance to impress under both Rodgers and his successor Neil Lennon.
Although largely deemed a flop by Celtic supporters, it is hard to judge a player who was afforded minimal game time during his time in Scotland, with his displays elsewhere pointing to a real talent.
The £810k-rated man boasts a respectable record of 14 goal contributions in 62 games at former club Mechelen, as well as 30 goal involvements in just 55 games during his time at Karparty, having also started strongly at his current side.
Although title-winning coach Ange Postecoglou has largely enjoyed a faultless transfer record during his time at the helm, even the 56-year-old passed up the opportunity to hand the “lively” asset – as once dubbed by Lennon – a regular first-team role after running the rule over him last summer.
Having essentially been overlooked by three managers during his time at Celtic Park, Shved could well be set to prove those doubters wrong by continuing to flourish both domestically and in Europe for his new club.