Ukraine manager Andriy Shevchenko has been talking up the ability of new Celtic signing Maryan Shved, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
Shved was called up to the Ukraine squad for recent qualifying matches against Serbia and Luxembourg, although was an unused substitute in both matches as his country picked up important wins.
Despite not handing him another cap, Shevchenko remains a massive fan of the 21-year-old and believes the player is motivated to succeed at Celtic when he arrives for pre-season later this month.
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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the AC Milan legend said:
“I’ve been watching him closely for the past two weeks in our training camp. It’s clear he has a lot of talent. There is still work to be done, but he has progressed hugely.
He has just made a very big transfer for a massive club like Celtic and he is motivated to show them what he can do when he goes to Scotland.
There’s no doubt he has improved a lot and he will go on to be a big player for Ukraine.”
Shved’s arrival at Celtic was announced back in January, but the player did not move to Scotland, instead staying in Ukraine to finish out the season with Karpaty Lviv.
Celtic fans have had to watch on with keen interest as the player scored and created goals on a regular basis, netting 15 last season playing from the right flank and through the middle in attack.
Shevchenko knows a thing or two about being a successful attacker, so to hear him so full of praise for Shved should be exciting for supporters, as should the fact he has seen significant progress in the player’s game.
That suggests he has the potential to improve even further in Scotland.
With Celtic needing competition and cover for James Forrest, as well as relief for Odsonne Edouard, the early signs suggest they could be onto a winner with this signing.