Undoubtedly, Celtic face a summer of upheaval after a disappointing 2020/21 campaign.
One man who could reportedly leave the club is Scott Brown, who is subject to interest from divisional rivals Aberdeen [Daily Record].
This news will mean the Celts will turn towards fresh talent in order to anchor the team forward long-term. Specialising in a similar position, Liam Shaw could be a ready-made replacement for the Hoops legend moving into next season.
The incoming Sheffield Wednesday man is scheduled to link up with his new Celtic team-mates at the end of June.
What will Liam Shaw offer to Celtic in 2021/22?
The Englishman possesses a diverse range of qualities that will replenish the Celtic midfield effectively. Although different to Brown in some respects, the 20-year-old operates in the engine room capacity for his current employers. Harking not too far back, the Hoops captain played in a similar role for the Celts in his earlier years for the side.
Shaw retains a natural ability to carry the ball and progress his team up the pitch. Regular driving midfield runs have not been commonplace at Parkhead in 2020/21. Given the slow nature of the Celts football on show, supporters will welcome the sight of Shaw purposefully looking to feed forward players frequently.
His pass success rate for a team in the relegation zone of the Sky Bet Championship is encouraging, standing at 77.3% illustrating his ball retention competency [WhoScored].
Furthermore, his aerial dual ratio shows his dominance within the middle of the park amassing 1.9 per 90 minutes [WhoScored]. Interestingly, this has seen him deployed in central defence as well at times this campaign.
In terms of skillset, his style of play is also comparable to the liked of Scott McTominay at Manchester United. Adept at making late runs into the box, with senior opportunities Shaw will develop into a fine first-team player for Celtic.
Many will believe the Hoops need to spend big on another midfielder regardless of Brown’s situation. Despite this, Celtic should put trust in their new signing as he carries all the attributes to dominate Scottish football for years to come.