New Celtic man Liam Shaw talks up influence of Connell and Robertson

By Euan Davidson

June 30, 2021

New Celtic arrival Liam Shaw cannot believe his eyes.

Shortly after arriving at Celtic, the former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder has already been in the thick of the action at Lennoxtown. With players already arriving for pre-season training, ahead of a trip to Wales, Shaw has integrated quickly.

In particular, he’s heralded two team-mates who have helped him settle in. Both Luca Connell and Scott Robertson have experience playing in England. What’s more, he’s staggered by the facilities at the club’s Lennoxtown facility.

Speaking to Celtic FC, Shaw said:

“I’ve been here for a few weeks and I’m enjoying training. I feel settled in where I’m living now so it’s been good.

“I’ve been talking to Scott Robertson and Luca Connell a lot. I’ve known Luca from playing back in England. Everyone’s been sound, to be honest. Those two have been really good with me and made me feel very welcome.

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“Lennoxtown is really good. There are a lot of quality pitches and everything’s been spot-on. I’m quite blown away by how nice it all is. Inside there’s a lot of great equipment to use so we have everything we could possibly need to help us.

“The training’s been tough, especially the first week with all the running. It’s good, though. That’s all in the tank now.”

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Shaw’s potential is well-known; even in a poor Sheffield Wednesday side, the midfielder stood out as one for the future. The Englishman made 19 Championship appearances in 20-21 [Transfermarkt], and despite being sent off twice, his technique and work ethic were enough to impress Hoops scouts.

Celtic youngster Liam Shaw / (Photo by Mick Walker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Now, it seems that he’s the one being impressed. It’s excellent to read that Connell, who played for Bolton, and Robertson, who spent time with Gillingham and Doncaster, were aware of the midfielder and were happy to welcome him.

It’s also a good sign that the intensity of training is wearing the young midfielder out. Last season, fitness seemed to be a real issue, and a proper pre-season to put the players through their paces is absolutely key. Under Ange Postecoglou, sluggishness and bad discipline just won’t be tolerated.

It’s all very encouraging stuff, as far as Celtic supporters are concerned. And Shaw can’t wait to meet them, telling Celtic FC:

“I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Celtic fans.

“That’s what I’m looking forward to most. I’ve heard all about the atmosphere at Celtic Park and hopefully, I’ll score a goal and hear that crowd. Playing in that atmosphere will be something I’ll remember forever.”

Here’s hoping, Liam!

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