Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore has promised that incoming Celtic midfielder Liam Shaw still has a part to play this season.
The young Englishman signed a pre-contract with the Hoops earlier this year, much to the anger of his current club’s supporters. However, it didn’t overly affect his game-time under interim manager Neil Thompson.
Since Moore’s arrival at the beginning of March, however, things have changed for the worse. Before Tuesday, Shaw had only managed two starts in eight games under the new boss [Transfermarkt]. He had recently been dropped down to the under-23s for a game against Hull City also.
But the future Parkhead starlet found himself back in the starting XI or yesterday’s 2-0 defeat at Swansea. Moore was asked by the Sheffield Star what the rest of the season holds for Shaw, and the Wednesday boss confirmed he would still have a part to play before he leaves for Glasgow:
“He’s very much here and every player in our current situation is very much needed.
“I’ve beaten that drum with all of them, every single player. Because of the multitude of games and the short space of time we have, I need all of them available to keep that freshness and that impetus on the pitch.
“From now until the end of the season, we have games quickly and the whole squad will be utilised as best as possible. They all have to be ready.”
Great to see Celtic man Liam Shaw back in the Sheffield Wednesday fold
The last thing Shaw needed before arriving in Glasgow was weeks without senior action. At the very least, it’s promising to hear Moore talk up his prospects of being utilised more between now and the summer.
This is something the player himself will be desperate for also. It may have gotten lost in the Celtic transfer saga, but the midfielder is a Sheffield Wednesday fan. He’ll be itching to try and keep them in the Championship as much as possible.
As things stand, Wednesday sit seven points behind safety with 15 still to play for. It’s going to be a big ask. But Shaw will want to do what he can to try and secure safety. It would be a fine parting gift for a support who weren’t and likely still aren’t happy with his departure.
Helping to keep Wednesday in the Championship would also see him arrive to Parkhead with a spring in his step. Because make no mistake, he’s on for a big battle this summer when it comes to squad options.
It hasn’t been revealed by Celtic whether this was a signing made for the present or for the long-term. In other words – whether he’ll get a game next season or not.
But the midfield competition is going to be hectic enough as it is. With the likes of Ismaila Soro and Luca Connell looking for minutes next season under a new manager, it’s going to be a big summer for Shaw. Hopefully, he arrives in Scotland having had a powerful end to his Championship campaign.