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Celtic: Postecoglou can save millions with Liam Shaw

Celtic are set to have an incredibly busy summer but the first of their summer arrivals is now through the door and busy getting acclimatised with his surroundings.

That happens to be Liam Shaw, a young midfielder who agreed a deal to join the Hoops from Sheffield Wednesday earlier this year.

On the chalkboard

Shaw is set to be one of a number of new faces arriving at Parkhead this summer.

With Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer set to depart, they will need to bring in replacements capable of filling the void.

It’ll be easier said than done with the Frenchman scoring as many as 22 times last term.

Though, it’ll also be difficult to replace the expertise and leadership qualities of Scott Brown.

Who was more important to Celtic?

Brown

Brown

Edouard

Edouard

Ajer

Ajer

The combative midfielder is now a player-coach at Aberdeen after heading for the departure lounge after a haul of ten Premiership crowns and 12 domestic cups at Parkhead.

He was a constant pillar of solidity for the Hoops, a player who brought such a stern attitude wherever he went.

Who is the replacement?

Naturally, you may look towards a player like Ismaila Soro but with Shaw now formally announced as a Celtic player, Postecoglou should look towards unleashing him.

The Bhoys have been linked with a number of midfielders from James McCarthy and Aaron Mooy to Ali McCann and Patrick Berg.

However, the club could save millions by turning to Shaw and developing his game instead.

Only a few years ago we saw Celtic sign Luca Connell from fellow EFL side Bolton but his chances have been extremely limited since penning terms.

The Irish midfielder has never made a senior appearance for the Bhoys but starred on loan at Queen’s Park in the back half of last season.

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We'll start with an easier one, who is this Celtic academy player?

Postecoglou can’t afford to let Shaw fade into the shadows like that. Instead, he must unleash him as soon as possible.

After all, the 20-year-old put in some extremely promising displays for Sheffield Wednesday in 2020/21.

Often caught rampaging forward from deep positions, the tall midfielder is also capable of playing in the middle of defence.

On that evidence, he’s very comparable to Ajer, someone who could follow Brown through the exit door in the coming weeks.

Described as “sensational” by journalist James Whaling, the youngster has a wonderful array of qualities to suit Celtic.

“’I describe myself as a box-to-box midfielder, a lot of energy running up and down, I can score a goal, and be aggressive in that I like a tackle and I like to press people,” Shaw said after being announced.

He is adept in the air, winning 1.7 aerial duels per game for the Owls, while he’s competent in the challenge with 0.7 tackles. Those aren’t outstanding numbers but for someone so young and inexperienced, it shows there is a big platform to improve.

Postecoglou should definitely consider handing him regular minutes next season.

AND in other news, Postecoglou can fix one of Celtic’s worst habits by signing “creative” 28-goal star…

Article title: Celtic: Postecoglou can save millions with Liam Shaw

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