Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph has shed some light on how much Celtic will pay for Liam Shaw.
Neil Lennon confirmed yesterday that the Hoops had wrapped up a pre-contract agreement with the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder [Daily Record]. This also comes despite major question marks over Lennon’s future and whether he’ll still be in the dugout next season.
However, even though it’s a pre-contract agreement, Sheffield will still be due compensation money in the form of a development fee.
And Sky Sports reporter Joseph has revealed just how much that will be as we wrap up our first signing for next season:
Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Liam Shaw has agreed a pre-contract with Celtic.
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) February 16, 2021
New Celtic signing Liam Shaw highly inexperienced and clearly one for the future
If you’re expecting Shaw to come straight into the Celtic midfield for the start of next season, you may be disappointed.
This strikes me as a very similar type of deal to the one that saw the Hoops sign Luca Connell from Bolton nearly two years ago. The same kind of deal that brought Lee O’Connor to Glasgow from Manchester United. In other words, a bid to try and bring young talent to Celtic Park for the future.
The Hoops have undoubtedly lost several key talented youngsters from their academy in recent times. Goalkeeper Liam Hughes left to join Liverpool earlier this month, whilst Cameron Harper has reportedly agreed to join the New York Red Bulls [Glasgow Times]. In addition to that, Karamoko Dembele and Armstrong Oko-Flex have both still to sign new deals.
Shaw looks like he’ll come in and fill one of those gaps as a promising youngster. With only 21 senior appearances to his name at both Sheffield and Chesterfield [Transfermarkt}, it’ll be a case of gradually building towards the first-team.
Shaw will also have plenty of competition in his bid to become a Celtic regular. Not including the likes of Ismaila Soro and Scott Brown, there are also players such as Connell, Scott Robertson, and Kerr McInroy who’ll all be looking to win any places going in the Celtic midfield next year.
Interestingly, five of Shaw’s appearances throughout his carer have come at centre-back too. Therefore it’s clear the new man has some versatility to his game – something that always goes down well at Celtic. Hopefully, he can be a success here in the coming years.