Wouter Vrancken, the manager of Mechelen, has announced his dreams of extending Celtic’s flop. Marian Shved’s loan spell in Belgium has come to an end as the Hoops’ management and boardroom have undergone significant changes.
Last week, Shved said he was willing to return to Celtic if the clubs couldn’t come to an understanding, despite the Ukrainian international’s contract expiring in two years.
After a shaky start at Mechelen, he was rewarded, and they are desperate to reach an agreement on a new loan, as Celtic’s asking price of about £2.5 million is too much for them.
But, according to Vrancken, the resignation of manager Neil Lennon and the impending retirement of chief executive Peter Lawwell after 17 trophy-laden seasons have changed everything.
He said: “We had previously started talks with Celtic about the possibility of extending Marian’s loan here.
“But there is a lot of change going on just now at Celtic.
“There will be a new manager and a new technical director. The people we previously talked to are now gone, so we will have to wait and see.
“Marian has clearly indicated that he would like to stay here. I also think that’s best for him. He needs stability in his career.”