"Heartbreaking"; Celtic move for Liam Shaw has Sheffield Wednesday fans livid

By David Walton

February 17, 2021

Celtic boss Neil Lennon yesterday confirmed the signing of Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Liam Shaw [Daily Record].

And it’s fair to say that the Wednesday supporters have been left fuming with the update.

Indeed, Shaw will join the nine-in-a-row champions at the end of the season. This comes despite only managing a handful of appearances at senior level for Sheffield. As things stand, Shaw has only managed to secure 17 outings for his club [Transfermarkt].

And it appears that’s one of the major gripes some of their fans have with the deal. That a young player they’ve developed and brought through could have the audacity to leave so soon. Without what they feel is paying back the club who gave him opportunities at senior level.

It’s a situation Celtic fans can actually relate to. The Hoops have watched on as plenty of academy graduates have left the club in recent years. Liam Morrison left for Bayern Munich just when it looked like he was going to get some senior opportunities. Barry Hepburn did likewise. Liam Hughes also moved to Liverpool in the latest transfer window.

Celtic move for Liam Shaw has many Sheffield Wednesday fans fuming

Not to mention the fact that Karamoko Dembele looks almost certain to leave the club as his contract enters its final few months. That’s despite the fact Celtic have given him a platform to make a name for himself. Dembele could leave without making any real mark at first-team level, something that would be hugely frustrating for Celtic supporters. But that’s football.

It’s perhaps more frustrating for Sheffield fans given that Shaw will come to Celtic and likely go straight into the academy. Central midfield remains our strongest position on the pitch. With the number of players ahead of the Wednesday youngster, it’s going to be a process of patience for him.

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Liam Shaw has signed for Celtic (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

But that’s hardly settled the Wednesday supporters. It’s clear they had high hopes for him, and their anger is being directed in every direction. Whether it be Shaw himself or the club’s big-wigs – everybody is getting it tight. That shows us just how much of a blow this is for them, and symbolises the talent he clearly has.

Shaw will of course remain with Wednesday for the next few months. That will give him an opportunity to continue experiencing more first-team football and keep his fitness and match-sharpness levels high. It also gives him the chance to leave his club with a parting gift – avoiding relegation to League One. With Sheffield one point behind safety having played two games more, there’s still a chance for them to consolidate their place.

But even that prospect isn’t enough to satisfy their furious supporters. It certainly appears as though Celtic’s move has rankled with many inside the Championship club’s fanbase:

In other news, Lennon provided a hugely worrying comment yesterday that will have alarm bells ringing for many Celtic supporters.