Scottish giants Celtic cruised into the next round of Champions League qualifying on Tuesday evening, when they thrashed Estonian outfit Kalju 7-0 on aggregate, and after the match their fans were full of praise for a debutant on the night.
There hasn’t been a whole lot of transfer activity for the Bhoys so far this summer, and with their domestic campaign beginning this weekend, that is something which boss Neil Lennon will be keen to change, but to his credit, he has his side performing very capably at present.
The damage was done by Celtic in the first leg of their tie with their Estonian opponents, when they came out on top 5-0 last week, and that allowed their manager to rotate his charges, and ensure his main players are as fresh as possible for the start of their Scottish Premiership title defence on Saturday afternoon.
One man who was advantaged by the changes to the squad was Bhoys’ January signing Marian Shved, a player who joined from Ukrainian outfit Karlaty Lviv, and was immediately loaned back them for the remainder of last season.
The Ukraine international finally got the chance to make his Celtic debut in Estonia, when he was introduced as a second half substitute, and he crowned his big night with a goal in injury time.
The Bhoys had already led through an early own goal, a strike which had already put them well out of sight, but the 22-year-old rounded off the tie in fine style, as the Glasgow giants professionally saw the job through.
Shved made a big impression on the watching on Celtic faithful. His goal obviously caught the eye, but his direct approach to the game was another thing that stood out, with many fans commenting positively on his display when reflecting on the game on social media after the final whistle.
Here are some of their messages:
Marian Shved, will you be the godfather to my child?
— Ewan (@ewanfarrell67) July 30, 2019
— Scott Coyne (@scott_coyne) July 30, 2019
Marian Shved is going to run amok this season
— Liam O'Hare (@Liam_O_Hare) July 30, 2019
Be as well giving Marian Shved the player of the season award now.
I also want to be the first to say "He's worth a lot more than that" ahead of Barcelona's inevitable £100m bid (and Arsenal's £3.50 offer) next summer for the obvious successor to Lionel Messi.
— Cal MacKenzie (@kombuchis_clay) July 30, 2019
sweet footed left leg 💋
— Lennon's Green Army (@moggy1888) July 30, 2019
Marian Shved looks a pler🍀
— Cammy Smith (@Cammysmith07) July 30, 2019
Marian Shved you are my world
— dominic (@_domrooney) July 30, 2019
— Tighearnán McLaughli (@tighearnan1888) July 30, 2019
No getting ahead of myself here but Marian shved will win player of the year this season #SaveThisTweet 😂😂😂
— Peter Brown (@petebrown86) July 30, 2019
How Happy & excited is Marian Shved to have scored his first goal for The Mighty Glasgow Celtic 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 ⚽️💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 The Bhoy is Buzzing 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Martin Rooney (@Roonster70) July 30, 2019