Celtic-bound Liam Shaw appears to have been dropped down to the Sheffield Wednesday under-23s in order to get some minutes into his legs.
Shaw, who will arrive at Parkhead in the summer after signing a pre-contract, has been struggling for an opportunity under new manager Darren Moore.
When Moore took over at the beginning of March, he promised Shaw “a part to play” [The Star]. Yet, since those comments from Moore, Shaw has barely featured. He was given less than half an hour against Huddersfield, before five and one-minute cameos against Watford and Cardiff respectively. That’s not even mentioning the Barnsley match when he wasn’t even part of the matchday squad.
And now he’s had to drop down to the under-23s to get some minutes. Shaw played all 90 minutes of Sheffield Wednesday’s 3-0 win against Hull yesterday [SWFC]. It’s the first time he’s been involved with the development squad since days after signing for Celtic back in late February. It’s only the second time he’s been involved with them since November.
From the outside looking in, it doesn’t look great for the Celtic-bound starlet. That “part” he has been given to play is looking very much like a bit-part one.
Liam Shaw definitely leaving Sheffield Wednesday, but Celtic status still unclear
There is so much about this transfer that is in the air. Not in terms of whether it’s ben completed or not – that’s all been finalised and he’ll arrive at Lennoxtown in the summer.
However, Shaw was signed under a totally different managerial and recruitment regime. It was Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond who were in charge when he was brought on. This was likely a decision made by the latter as we look to stock up Lennoxtown once more with talented youngsters.
Another aspect that hasn’t been cleared up is where Celtic see Shaw operating. Is he one for the here and now or has been brought in with the sole purpose of being another long-term project? Albeit it would be a risk-free one.
Everything tends to point to the latter. Shaw has only been given 27 senior outings in football [Transfermarkt]. He isn’t proven yet, and it smacks of a similar nature to the Luca Connell signing of 2019. He arrived at Parkhead with a handful of Championship appearances under his belt, but in two years hasn’t been given a senior minute at Celtic.
Then again, there are big changes coming to Celtic’s midfield next season. Scott Brown is leaving for Aberdeen, whilst there is already speculation over Callum McGregor’s future. Olivier Ntcham looks like being out of the picture next season too. Celtic may need reinforcements from somewhere – that’s when Shaw must show his talents.
It’s just a shame he isn’t being given a proper opportunity to help Wednesday get out of relegation trouble. Hopefully his drop back down to the u-23s is only temporary.