Report: Celtic midfielder Liam Shaw just wanted a modest pay-rise to stay at Wednesday
Celtic may have snared Liam Shaw, but according to a respect reporter, he could’ve been kept at Sheffield Wednesday for years.
All Shaw wanted, according to trusted journalist Alan Biggs, was £3k a week to stay with the Owls. The midfielder, a boyhood supporter of Wednesday, was ready to accept a modest wage, by footballing standards. Meanwhile, former Scotland international Barry Bannan was supposedly agreeing £27k per week, for a side who will be in League One next season [BBC].
Baffling. And in a way, it’s good to get some perspective on a board being completely daft with their assets.
Alan Biggs detailed the Liam Shaw situation on Twitter, saying:
The likelihood of Osaze Urhoghide leaving #SWFC is just another example of skewed priorities. When Liam Shaw left, a source told me he wanted only about £3k to stay. At the same time, Barry Bannan was signing a new deal (said the source) for at least £27k.
— Alan Biggs (@AlanBiggs1) June 3, 2021
Celtic midfielder Liam Shaw could’ve had a very different summer
You’d have to assume, that at 20 years of age and with just 24 appearances under his belt [Transfermarkt], Shaw would’ve been up for sticking around at Hillsborough. Achieving promotion with the club of his heart would’ve been a big deal for him.
After all, according to Alan Biggs, all it would’ve taken is £3k a week. He’ll presumably be on more than that at Celtic, and it’s impossible to say whether another club could’ve swooped in anyway. However, for Shaw, he has the benefit of an exciting opportunity, but a reasonable air of sadness and anger that his boyhood club were offering a 31-year-old nine times his wages to play in League One.
For Shaw’s part, he sounds peachy keen to wear the Hoops next season. In a statement to Sheffield Wednesday supporters back in March, Shaw said:
“By joining Celtic next season I will fight for a place in a team challenging for titles, trophies and to play in Europe, which is something I’ve always dreamed of.
“I am determined to play at the highest level I can possible achieve in my career. I thank Celtic for this amazing opportunity, which is impossible for me to turn down.”
So it sounds like all Shaw wants to do is move on and explore new challenges at Celtic. He doesn’t even have to think about Sheffield Wednesday from a professional perspective any more. It’s not like the Bhoys will be facing the Owls any time soon.
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