"A few words"; Celtic man Liam Shaw ahead of potentially awkward reunion
Oh, the banter; new Celtic man Liam Shaw has confessed his teammates have been noising him up ahead of the club’s first pre-season friendly.
After all, Liam Shaw endured a slightly messy departure from old club Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls initially talked about pursuing legal action, after he signed a pre-contract deal with the Bhoys [SWFC]. And wouldn’t you know, both he and former Owls man Osaze Urhoghide could line up against their old team on Wednesday.
Naturally, some of Shaw’s teammates have been making some fun of the situation. In an interview with Celtic TV, Shaw said:
“[There’s been] a few words, yeah! It’s going to be weird, to be honest. First game Celtic play [is] against Wednesday, but it’s just like any other game of football. When you’re on the pitch, you don’t really think about anything, you just think about winning.
“Looking forward to it!”
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 6, 2021
It may just be pre-season, but Celtic man Liam Shaw can demonstrate mentality right away
Given Shaw’s prior disciplinary issues for Sheffield Wednesday [Transfermarkt], there’s a real opportunity for him here. If he can prove that it is, indeed, just another game of football, then it’ll put him in good stead for the future. His red cards for the Owls last season gave some pause for thought.
Alongside Urhoghide, there’s plenty of intrigue for tomorrow’s clash. While it might not mean a great deal in the grand scheme of things, there’s a chance for both ex-Owls to start, while it’s Ange Postecoglou’s first fixture as Celtic manager.
We won’t see the fluidity promised by the new boss, unless he’s worked minor miracles on the training pitch, but as a friendly, it’s got several subplots and storylines. Supporters can watch via Pass to Paradise (Season Ticket holders) or Celtic TV, along with the rest of the club’s pre-season action.
As for Shaw, it looks like he’s able to take some patter well, and get his head down in training. He’ll need a sense of humour to keep up with the Bhoys.