Liam Shaw addresses Celtic loan exit; discloses private talk with Ange Postecoglou

By David Walton

January 18, 2022

Celtic midfielder Liam Shaw has disclosed the private chat he held with Ange Postecoglou before leaving for his Motherwell loan spell.

After being signed by Neil Lennon last year, the former Sheffield Wednesday man struggled to make a big impact under Ange during the first half of the season. However, at only 20 years of age, it was understandable given the major step-up he took.

The midfielder joined Graham Alexander’s side at the beginning of January after only making 2 senior appearances for the Hoops this term [Transfermarkt].

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And as he gets set to make his debut away to Ross County today, Shaw has outlined his future targets as he revealed the talk he had with the Celtic boss before leaving.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Shaw said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back out playing games. It was a joint decision. The Celtic gaffer told me I needed more games at this time in my career and I agreed. I need to be playing and getting experience in this league.

“No one likes not playing but I have developed in these last six months in training. Now I want to be on the pitch and hopefully I’ll do that here.

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“The manager told me to come back next pre-season and hopefully I’ll be more involved. There are so many good players at Celtic, it’s hard to breakthrough. But I’ll just keep my head down and keep working hard, so I go back ready to go.”

Liam Shaw shows right level of maturity in leaving Celtic for Fir Park

You have to love this application from Shaw. It’s been a 6-month period of serious adaption for him. Not just in terms of the level of physical intensity needed to be a regular in Ange Postecoglou’s team, but the mental intensity too.

In fairness, Shaw has coped well in his 2 Celtic outings so far. He was one of the more eye-catching performers in the 3-2 Europa League win over Real Betis in particular. Showing tidy control and good movement of the ball, not to mention a physical presence, there was enough to suggest that something was definitely there.

But Celtic fans will want to see Shaw playing regularly, and with him being at Motherwell, they’ll be able to keep tabs on him right under their noses.

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The rewards are clearly there for Shaw too. He’s been encouraged by Ange to develop in order to return and make a bigger impact in pre-season next year. There’s your carrot Liam. It absolutely needs to be taken.

It’s also promising to hear that Shaw believes that he’s developed substantially in his 6 months under Ange. That shows just how intense the level of training inside Lennoxtown truly is. Hopefully, we see that development on show at Fir Park in the coming months.

This is a huge state in Liam’s career. Fingers crossed he seizes it.

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