Neil Lennon has revealed that Marian Shved will “probably” miss out on a place in Celtic’s squad for the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Many had expected to see the winger in action for Celtic after Lennon revealed he was impressed by Shved in Dubai during the winter break, The Scotsman reported.
However speaking to Celtic TV, Lennon has now revealed the winger has “found it difficult” to settle and is likely to miss out on a place in the Europa League squad, with Ismaila Soro, Patryk Klimala and Jeremie Frimpong all set to be included.
Those three will come into the squad. It’ll probably be Maryan Shved [who misses out]. He’s found it difficult, he’s struggled with the English, in training, he’s not getting at the level as the rest of them are. He’s still a very talented player, but he’s still taking a bit more time to adapt.
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Lennon’s update on Shved certainly explains why we haven’t seen him feature in a matchday squad since the return to domestic action.
The Ukraine international clearly appears to be having difficulties with adapting to life at the club, and throwing him into a high pressure situation like the Europa League knockout stages is probably not the wisest move.
Therefore it’s understandable to see Lennon overlook the winger and include the aforementioned trio.
Furthermore, it also explains why the club have not loaned him out for the second-half of the campaign, as sending him to another new club if he is already struggling at Celtic would not be beneficial for him in terms of him settling in Glasgow.