Liam Shaw identifies the Celtic hero he's been looking up to at Lennoxtown

By David Walton

January 18, 2022

Liam Shaw has identified Callum McGregor as the Celtic player he’s been looking up to at Lennoxtown.

Shaw is currently preparing to get cracking with his loan spell at Motherwell which begins tonight with a trip to Ross County. It’s a huge opportunity for the 2021 signing to make his mark in the Scottish game after only 2 starts for the Hoops so far this term.

Despite his relative game-time, the Celtic fans generally agree that there’s real talent to unearth in the former Sheffield Wednesday talent. At only 20, he’s impressed in his rare outings this term with his physique and care on the ball.

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And as he prepares to really make a name for himself in North Lanarkshire, Shaw has highlighted Celtic captain McGregor as one of his biggest inspirations.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Liam said: “He’s like a seven or eight in every single game and he’s a guy I look up to. He had a loan spell as well so I’d definitely like to follow him. He’s got a bit of everything in his game. You rarely see him give the ball away, he’s got great energy, loves a tackle and he scores and creates goals as well.

“Cal can play anywhere in midfield as well. He’s been good with me, everyone at Celtic made me feel really welcome. It’s the same here. A few of the lads said it was a great move, to have no regrets and give it everything.”

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Liam Shaw a huge fan of Celtic captain; comparisons to be made

It’s perhaps not a surprise to hear that McGregor is one of Shaw’s biggest idols at Parkhead. And not just because he’s captain and plays in the same position too.

There are real comparisons to be made about how both men started off their Celtic careers. Back in the 2013/14 campaign, Callum wasn’t deemed quite ready when it came to breaking into Neil Lennon’s side. Instead, he had to show what he was worth down south with Notts County.

It was only after he came after his time in League Two that Ronny Deila gave him his big break in the summer. Fair to say it’s one Callum took and ran with. Fast forward 7-and-a-half years and McGregor has 6 Scottish Premiership titles, 6 League Cups, and 4 Scottish Cups to his name [Transfermarkt].

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If Shaw can achieve half of McGregor’s accomplishments at Celtic Park, he’ll be absolutely delighted. But he’s the perfect example of a player who managed to impress during his time away from Parkhead and become stronger because of it.

The same can be said of the likes of Ryan Christie and Kristoffer Ajer, both of whom departed for England in the summer. Shaw is currently at that stage of his career where game-time is all that matters. How he adapts at Fir Park will go a long way to helping him receive his big chance at Celtic Park.

A massive 5 months awaits him. Hopefully, he follows in Callum’s footsteps and ensures it becomes the making of him.

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