Liam Shaw shares what Postecoglou is focusing on at Lennoxtown; promising for Celtic

By Euan Davidson

June 30, 2021

Liam Shaw has already said he’s delighted to be at Celtic, and that he’s enjoying training, but now we know some specifics about Postecoglou and his methods.

As promised from all the hype about the Greek-Australian boss, intensity is the name of the game. As we saw from the pictures, and footage shared earlier, it looks like hard work. But it also looks fun. Supporters are already encouraged by the methods they’re seeing from the Yokohama F Marinos man, albeit, without a full squad to work with as of yet.

In an interview with Celtic TV, Shaw expanded on his earlier comments about Lennoxtown and his new teammates. There were also some very promising bits of info for Celtic supporters, though. The new boss, if you ask Shaw, sounds the business.

Shaw told Celtic TV:

“It’s been short sessions, but really fast intensity, pressing. It’s all about the reaction as well. The gaffer has come in and said… if you give the ball away, and put your hands up in the air, he just wants a quick reaction to get the ball back.

“[Postecoglou has] come in, and brings intensity to his sessions. That’s what he wants to get across to the players, to play our way as well. And play good attacking football. A lot of passing and attacking, and just focussing on ourselves.

“The counter-press as well; we’re really focussing on that, and the intensity.”

“Playing with a smile on my face”; Shaw is loving training with new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou

Shaw continued [Celtic TV]:

“[I’m] playing with a smile on my face, to be fair, really enjoying it. All the lads have been good. The training’s been fast, hard, it’s been really tough. But it benefits you in the long run, obviously. You get up to speed with it. For the first couple of sessions you’re a bit rusty, but when you start getting the passes and stuff, everything falls into place.

“[Postecoglou] has had a few chats with the all the lads, all together. It seemed really good, to be honest. It seems he’s got his philosophies, and he wants to put that onto us.”

Ange Postecoglou: his training works / (Photo by Hiroki Watanabe/Getty Images)

What’s important – perhaps most important – for Postecoglou is imprinting his style on a Celtic squad that doesn’t look particularly balanced. The Scottish Euro 2020 contingent are still to return, of course. And, there are plenty of players whose contract situations at the club, or proximity to transfer rumours, make them uncertain returnees.

The ex-Australia manager can only work with what he’s got, though. And by all accounts, particularly Liam Shaw’s, the players are absolutely buzzing.

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