Celtic signing of Liam Shaw leaves Sheffield Wednesday legend bemused

By Euan Davidson

March 16, 2021

The signing of Liam Shaw by Celtic has left Carlton Palmer scratching his head.

The former England midfielder, who made 18 caps, is baffled as to why Sheffield Wednesday let Shaw go. The 19-year-old has made 15 league appearances for the Owls [Transfermarkt], and was tipped for big things in England.

Shaw announced his impending signing on Twitter, after Sheffield Wednesday claimed they would be “investigating” the deal [SWFC]. Upon the announcement, Shaw claimed:

“I am determined to play at the highest level I can possible achieve in my career. I thank Celtic for this amazing opportunity, which is impossible for me to turn down.”

However, Palmer, winner of the 1991 League Cup and a football edition of Come Dine With Me, is frustrated that the club where he made his name are letting talented prospects go. He told Football Fan Cast:

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I don’t understand how Sheffield Wednesday are losing another young player who’s come through the ranks.

“Another young player that they’ve nurtured, paid for, developed and they’re losing him to Celtic. I just don’t understand what’s going on, really.”

Carlton Palmer (L) battling for the ball on England duty / (Photo by Mark Leech/Getty Images)

Celtic signings like Liam Shaw will undoubtedly frustrate English sides

Clearly, Celtic are pursuing an aggressive transfer strategy. Names like Kwadwo Baah, Kyle Joseph and Alfie Doughty have filled column inches over recent months.

With Brexit restrictions coming in long-term, the plan of signing young English players on development deals is obviously very shrewd. It won’t win many fans south of the border, but what will the Bhoys care? The lure of European football, challenging for titles and a bumper pay packet will surely do the trick.

Carlton Palmer’s right to question the Liam Shaw move, though. Undoubtedly a talented player, with long-term first-team potential, it’s an act of mismanagement to let his contract run.

It’s a similar situation to the one we face ourselves. Cameron Harper is already out the door, with Armstrong Okoflex, Karamoko Dembele and others possibly following suit.

So, you can sympathise a great deal with Palmer, here. The pressure is on Liam Shaw to hit the ground running, given the furore his move has already caused.

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