Motherwell boss makes van Bronckhorst look foolish as he defends Celtic loanee Liam Shaw

By David Walton

March 2, 2022

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has leapt to the defence of Celtic loanee Liam Shaw after he had Giovanni van Bronckhorst raging on Sunday.

Shaw, currently at Fir Park until the end of the season, played a key role in the Steelmen’s comeback at Ibrox at the weekend. Coming on at half-time with his side 2-0 down, Shaw helped secure a point and ensure Celtic’s gap at the top of the Premiership remained 3 points.

However, Rangers manager van Bronckhorst was fuming with the decision not to give Shaw an offside call [The Scotsman]. For the first time, the Ibrox manager came across raging as his calm demeanour wasn’t on show at the weekend.

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But Alexander has moved to put him right as he stated the decision came nowhere near when the actual equaliser was scored. As quoted by the Daily Record, Alexander said: “I thought the decisions I saw on TV were right. Liam was offside about 35 seconds before we actually scored the equaliser.

“They had possession of the ball three times before that. It went out of the box, back in and it was the third phase after that we scored. Liam looked offside from the pass but 35 seconds before the goal I don’t think we are getting into that territory – VAR is about the immediate lead up to goals.

“Liam being offside didn’t have any significant part to play in the goal. If we had VAR in the last year we’d already have beaten them twice. That’s the reality.”

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Celtic loanee defended as Giovanni van Bronckhorst left looking foolish

Brilliant stuff here from Alexander and the truth is he’s absolutely spot on. Rangers had already won back possession more than once between Shaw’s apparent offside and the goal that was scored.

Perhaps van Bronckhorst should be calling out his own side’s inability to keep possession as opposed to calling out a decision regarding a 20-year-old youngster. It’s becoming evident that the Rangers manager is now feeling the heat after consistent failures when it comes to getting the job done domestically.

Indeed, the Dutchman is struggling under the weight of the title intensity this season. He’s already incredibly managed to drop 11 points since the winter break. Contrastingly, Celtic have only shipped 2 as we continue to enjoy our 3-point lead over our rivals. A 9-point swing overall compared to how we finished 2021.

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Shaw can take real credit in not just his performance for Motherwell, but the job he’s done for Celtic too. Getting a point at Ibrox felt like a huge moment. Not just for our title-charge but for the player himself.

Ange Postecoglou has already spoken with the young Englishman and is looking for him to make an impact when he returns to pre-season [Daily Record]. As good as Sunday was, he can’t let it go to his head at such a crucial period of the season.

Hopefully, he continues to shine at Fir Park as we press ahead with our title charge.

In other news, Exciting Lennoxtown talent returns to Celtic B training after 4 months out