What Ange Postecoglou has said in the past about Celtic pair Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide

By David Walton

October 26, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has already suggested in the past that Celtic pair Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide are long-term projects at Parkhead.

A report from the Scottish Sun last night claimed that they were already fighting for their Hoops futures despite only arriving at the club over the summer. Both Shaw and Urhoghide signed for Celtic with only a handful of first-team games with Sheffield Wednesday to their name.

The report stated that both men could seek loan moves if they continue to be out of the picture at Celtic Park. However, it’s important to put things into perspective and remember what Postecoglou has already said about both men in the past.

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Previous comments suggest that both men are long-term investments for the Hoops. Touching on Urhoghide after a pre-season game against Charlton, Postecoglou said the following as quoted by the Daily Record:

“He is a good kid, he has got a great attitude, and he wants to learn. We played him at right-back today, and he is probably more of a centre back.

“But his intent and desire are there. You can see he’s a 100 per cent kind of player; he gives everything he can. He has got a lot to learn, but he wants to learn, and that’s the main thing.”

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Ange appeared willing to give Celtic pair Shaw and Urhoghide patience and time

He was also full of praise for Shaw during Celtic’s pre-season camp down in Wales this summer. As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Postecoglou said: “Liam Shaw was good (against Sheffield Wednesday). He grew into the game, like a lot of the young guys. Liam’s got real presence about him. He’s a big lad. He’s only beginning his steps in the professional world.”

When speaking about either man, Postecoglou was keen to stress how early it was in their development. That both had plenty to learn and, effectively, that patience was needed.

He never spoke back then like a manager who was going to consistently play them and make them staples of the first-team. Sure, they would’ve liked some more senior football than they’ve accumulated, but there’s a process here.

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Only Postecoglou can tell us just how both men’s development has been going as of late. It’ll be down to the Celtic boss to ensure they remain on the path he has planned out for them. But as of yet, there’s nothing to suggest they’re under major pressure here.

We’re talking about 2 players who have signed on for the long-term at Parkhead. Those contracts weren’t dependent on them breaking into the senior side and becoming key players within 3 months. We need to make some room for realism here.

And going by Ange’s early comments on both players, he’s willing to give the time a lot more time than the media.

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