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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: SHVED INJURY BLOW FOR HOOPS, OLD FIRM EURO WINDFALL, HENDRIE IN KILLIE DEAL, HIBS KEEPER’S HOPE

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UKRAINIAN winger Marian Shved has been sent back to Celtic after injuring an ankle while on international duty.

The £2 million signing from Karpaty Lviv in January has yet to start a game for the Hoops and has made one substitute appearance in the 2-0 Champions League qualifier against Nomme Kalju in Estonia when he came off the bench to score a spectacular second goal.

Ukraine boss Andriy Shevchenko, though, still called him up for his nation’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Lithuania and the friendly against Nigeria.
However, the 22-year-old forward is on his way back to Glasgow after the injury blow.

The Ukrainian FA, in a report in The Sun, stated: “Unfortunately, Marian Shved has returned to his club after suffering an ankle injury and will not travel to Lithuania.”

Neil Lennon has been attempting to encourage his young wingers such as Mikey Johnston, Lewis Morgan and Shved which has cost 30-year-old Scott Sinclair his place in the last five matchday squads.

CELTIC and Rangers have both picked up around £6.9million each on their run to the Europa League group stages.

This year the clubs will land £517,315 for every win in the group stage and £172,438 for a draw. Qualifying as group winners will bring £906,430 while there will be £453,765 for the runner-up.

The money climbs as the competition progresses. The winner will receive a £7.6million windfall and, of course, a guaranteed Champions League place in next season’s competition.

The Hoops will face Lazio, Rennes and Champions League conquerors Cluj in their group while the Ibrox side will take on Porto, Feyenoord and Young Boys.

STEPHEN HENDRIE, the former Hamilton Accies left-back, is poised to join Kilmarnock on a season-long deal.

The 24-year-old defender is a free agent and will provide opposition to on-loan Niko Hamalainen, from Queens Park Rangers, for the No.3 position following the £2.25million move for Scotland international Greg Taylor to Celtic on deadline day.

Hendrie moved to West Ham in 2015 from Accies and had loan spells at Southend and Blackburn Rovers before signing for the former. He also had a stint at Motherwell last season before agreeing a deal with the Rugby Park outfit.

OFIR MARCIANO, the Hibs keeper, is hoping he has done enough to play his second game for Israel on Monday after his first appearance in two-and-a-half years.

The 29-year-old Easter Road shotstopper made his international comeback in yesterday’s Euro 2020 qualifying 1-1 draw with North Macedonia.

Marciano had been out in the cold following a 4-1 defeat by Spain in a World Cup qualifier in March 2017.

He won his 12th cap in yesterday’s stalemate and is eager to keep the gloves for the tie against Slovenia.

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