Celtic supporters have plenty of reasons to be excited by the summer arrival of signing Maryan Shved after his exceptional form in Ukraine over the last few weeks.
The 21-year-old was again on the scoresheet earlier today in cup action, equalising in a quarter-final that his side Karpaty Lviv would eventually lose on penalties.
Despite that disappointment, the winger has now scored six goals and assisted once in his last five matches in all competitions, building on his impressive attacking contribution for the club in the first half of the season.
His totals for 2018/19 campaign currently stand at 13 goals and four assists in 22 appearances. That makes him one of the most effective attackers in his homeland and demonstrates he could be a key threat in our side next season.
He’s delighted with how he is playing, telling The Scottish Sun before his goal today:
I feel like I am improving all the time and adding goals to my game has been a bonus.
We are now third in the league and we’re playing well. For me to score the five goals recently has been brilliant.
I go to Celtic in the summer and I feel I can handle the move. I am playing with confidence and influencing games.
I just want to do as well as possible for Karpaty until I leave.
We of course currently have James Forrest doing significant attacking damage to opposition teams, but we could do with competition for his position, something that clearly improved his game when Patrick Roberts was at the club.
Celtic usually end up playing around 60 games a season, so having real depth in the squad is necessary if we are to maintain our recent fantastic success.
Shved certainly looks the part and here’s hoping he can continue to bang in the goals between now and the end of his season.
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