Mechelen will approach Celtic this week over extending winger Marian Shved 's stay at the club.

The on-loan Ukrainian has found his feet in Belgium after a difficult beginning and looks set to remain on the continent next season.

Mechelen manager Wouter Vrancken revealed last month the situation has been complicated by Celtic's ongoing manager situation, with the club yet to replace Neil Lennon.

He wants to keep the 23-year-old in his squad despite initially criticising him for being too introverted.

Shved has responded strongly to his boss' words and Vrancken will now try again to open dialogue with the Premiership giants.

He said: "We have two loan players - Marian Shved and Ferdy Druijf - who have told us that they want to stay here next season too.

"So we have to see what Celtic and AZ say about it and try to come to an agreement with them.

"We are hoping to have some news about them both in the coming days."

Shved admitted last month he was loving life in Belgium after being jolted by criticism from Vrancken.

He said: "When the manager gave that interview, he said some pretty harsh things about me. That changed my mentality entirely. It motivated me and suddenly I was determined to make an impact here.

"I trained harder and gained the confidence of the coach. The more playing minutes I got, the smoother the integration went. I felt the respect of my teammates increase.

"Ukrainians sometimes lack self-confidence and young Ukrainian players like me are sensitive, emotional and easily offended. Back home, people come to pat you on the back and ask how it's going when they see that something is wrong. That does not happen here. But it was up to me to adjust and I have.

"It's not how you start the season, it's how you end it that counts."