The winger joined Belgian Pro League club Mechelen from Celtic on loan in the summer but found playing time hard to come by in the first half of the season.


Having struggled to get playing time in the first half of the campaign, Shved has gone on to earn the confidence of Mechelen boss Vrancken and become a regular in the team.



Reflecting on his stint with the club so far, the Ukrainian has admitted that he needed the words that his coach said and changed his attitude after Vrancken criticised him publicly in December.


Shved went on to explain that he started putting in extra effort at Mechelen after the coach’s criticism and it earned him more minutes in the team.



It’s not how you start the season, it’s how you end“, Shved told Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad.


It is true that at first I was given a few opportunities to prove myself.



My own fault. I was on the training field, but didn’t really try.


When our trainer Wouter Vrancken gave an interview in the media in early December in which harsh words were said about me, I changed my mentality.


It motivated me and suddenly I felt that I could make a difference here.


I trained harder and thus gained the coach’s confidence.


I suddenly gave my hundred per cent on every sprint and went one hundred per cent for every ball.


That made a big difference. That gave me more chances to play and even more motivation.


Shved has scored four goals and provided one assist from 14 appearances across all competitions for Mechelen so far this season.