Celtic are looking to set up a partnership with Ukrainian club Karpaty Lviv after the successful transfer of winger Maryan Shved in January, as reported by The Daily Record.
Shved moved to the Hoops on a four-and-a-half year deal, before being loaned back to Karpaty for the remainder of the Ukrainian season.
Now that business appears to have inspired a new relationship between the two clubs that is designed to benefit both parties.
Karpaty Lviv Director General Oleg Smaliychuk explained to The Daily Record:
Representatives of Celtic are watching him and they will come to Ukraine soon to visit us. We are hoping to start a cooperation between our clubs and establish a link.
Maryan will be at our club for as long as we need him this season. If the season ends early for us and there is nothing to play for, then of course he will go to Scotland sooner.
We want him to be successful in Scotland and the longer time he gets to adapt to his life at Glasgow, the better.
It’s interesting to see the club attempt to make ties in Ukraine, which has up until now been a little utilised transfer market for us.
There’s every chance this could give us a scouting foothold in the country in an effort to secure more young talents from the Premier League there.
There is value to be found in Eastern Europe and from the looks of Shved, plenty of exciting prospects too.
Everyone will be hoping that the one-cap international can make a big impact in Scotland to kick off this new relationship with a bang.