The 2021 Celtic summer signing whose future still needs to be resolved
It has been a busy summer for Ange Postecoglou as the Celtic manager shapes his squad for the 2022/23 campaign.
The 56-year-old has been hard at work in the transfer market, bringing seven new additions to the club, with some familiar faces returning on a permanent deal.
However, all of Postecoglou’s focus hasn’t just been on the incomings. He has also emptied some of the deadwood from his squad, with the likes of Vasilis Barkas and Ismaila Soro heading for the exit door.
After entering the final month of the 2022 summer transfer window, the Celtic boss has admitted there is still going to be more movement at Parkhead.
The former Socceroos boss is keen to see one or two further arrivals joining his squad. However, he is also still aware that a few more faces will need to exit first.
On the forefront of the majority of Celtic supporters’ minds will be players such as Albian Ajeti, Mikey Johnston and James McCarthy, who also look set to leave Parkhead within the next month.
However, the question of a potential future at Celtic for one player, in particular, has flown under the radar. That player is Liam Shaw.
The 21-year-old could technically be seen as one of Ange Postecoglou’s first signings at Celtic after arriving on a pre-contract agreement from Sheffield Wednesday.
The midfielder featured in pre-season under the ex-Yokohama F Marino’s boss, and with the Hoops low on options in the middle of the park, it was decided he would remain at Parkhead for the first six months of the season.
After making only a handful of appearances for the first team, Shaw was then shipped out on loan to Scottish Premiership side Motherwell.
The move to Fir Park was seen as a good one for the Englishman’s development, spending the second half of the campaign at a side pushing for the top six in Scotland.
However, Shaw’s stay at Motherwell was slightly disappointing, failing to make an impact or earn regular minutes in North Lanarkshire.
During pre-season, Shaw has been pictured amongst the first-team squad but wasn’t involved in any of the six friendly matches during the summer.
When you put all that information and Shaw’s first 12 months in Scotland into consideration, it begs the question, what is next for the midfielder?
You would say it is almost certain that he isn’t going to be involved with the first team due to having so many quality options ahead of him in the pecking order.
So departing the club this window, whether that be on a loan or permanent deal, is very much on the cards.
Personally, I can definitely see the ex-Sheffield Wednesday man spending the entire season out on loan elsewhere, with one last chance to show his worth by gaining regular game time at a temporary side.
With just under a month left in the transfer window, Shaw hasn’t been linked with a move as of yet. So, it will be interesting to see how many clubs may look at a loan move towards the end of August.
It may be a case of waiting until the final few days of the summer window for his future to be resolved. But, completing a loan move feels like it is needed for the youngster to continue his development.