Maryan Shved scored once again this weekend to take his season total to 15, but where will the forward fit at Celtic?
Shved signed for Celtic in January for a fee in the region of £1.8m, per Transfermarkt, and was immediately loaned back to his former club Karpaty Lviv.
Since signing for the Bhoys, he has been in nothing short of sensational form for Karpaty, and has racked up 15 goals and four assists in all competitions this season.
But where will he fit in the squad when he arrives back at Parkhead this summer? There are a couple of possibilities…
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Shved can play anywhere across the attack, but while he is known primarily as a winger, he is actually showing signs of becoming an excellent centre forward.
In 11 appearances as a number nine this year, he has seven goals and two assists, and his finishing is that of a seasoned striker – check out his goal from the weekend here as he stroked the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards with aplomb.
Odsonne Edouard, known affectionally by some fans as French Eddy, is of course the first choice up front for the Bhoys, but they are a little short of depth in the striking department, so could Shved be Edouard’s deputy or even his partner in crime?
If Shved is to play as a winger, it will probably be the end of Scott Sinclair’s time as a Celtic regular.
James Forrest is absolutely un-droppable at the moment, and is probably only going to get better next season, so that leaves only the left-sided attacking position up for debate.
With neither of Jonny Hayes or Sinclair really making the spot their own, Shved has an excellent chance to come in and secure a starting spot almost immediately.
He has not played on the left wing this season, but drifting inside will not be a problem either as it will only open up more space for Kieran Tierney to overlap and create chances from the flank.