"A player of enormous potential"; New Celtic man Liam Shaw gets glowing review from European scout

By John McGinley

July 5, 2021

Mike Trusson, a European scout at Celtic as recently as last year, has been talking up the ‘enormous potential’ of Liam Shaw after his move to the Bhoys.

Trusson was part of Nick Hammond’s squad of scouts at the club before moving to Sheffield Wednesday in a coaching capacity last year.

So there aren’t many around able to give a better perspective on Shaw and how he may fit into Celtic.

Trusson speaks in glowing terms about the former Owls youngster and believes he can develop into an excellent defensive midfielder.

He told The Sunday Mail [04/07 print edition, page 64]: “Liam is a player of enormous potential. He’s athletic, quicker than you think – and he’s only going to get faster and stronger. He’s still to reach his physical maturity but he’s already some size. When that does come, he’s going to be a real athlete.

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“He did well in a struggling Championship team and can play a variety of positions. He’s a good passer and is able to run with the ball out of defence. He can also play in central midfield as a sitter, a Declan Rice-type role but with athletic prowess to get up the pitch and become a running midfielder.

“He’s very competitive, likes a tackle, is good in the air so he can attack set-pieces. Liam has a very good character. A really top lad and there’s no airs or graces about him, he just gets on with the job.”

Shaw arrived before Postecoglou but that won’t limit opportunities

The deal to sign up Shaw was done long before Celtic supporters had much of an idea who Ange Postecoglou even was. However, the new manager has stressed that everyone within the current squad will get an opportunity.

With Shaw coming in with hunger and purpose, it could well be that Ange takes a shine to the new lad over established players.

He does have senior playing experience and Sheffield Wednesday were desperate to keep hold of him. In fact, their fans were very upset when he signed a pre-contract.

New Celtic signing Liam Shaw / (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

All that bodes well for us.

It sounds like it’s yet to be determined where he will play, either as a centre-half or midfielder, so it’ll be fascinating to see how Postecoglou decides to develop him.

He may have arrived on a free transfer, with little fanfare, but this could turn out to be an excellent bit of business.

In other news, Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham gets surprise opportunity to impress Ange Postecoglou.