While no official confirmation has been made yet, it looks like Celtic have managed to agree a pre-contract agreement with Sheffield Wednesday’s Liam Shaw, which will see him join at the club at the end of this season when his contract with the Championship side runs out.
The teenager is very highly-rated by The Owls and it looks like The Hoops could be on the verge of making a very shrewd signing, which will cost them just £300,000.
Now, we just saw last month that how quickly deals can fall through in football but if everything goes to plan, then the 19-year-old will be a Celtic player in the not too distant future. And fans will be even more excited by the prospect after recent comments from former Sheffield Wednesday manager Tony Pulis.
Pulis was in charge of the Championship side for just 10 games last year before getting after managing just a solitary win. But even in that short period of time, Shaw seemed to catch the eye of the experienced manager. As reported by the Daily Record, he said:
“Liam is a terrific signing for Celtic and Lenny’s done a good job in finding him and taking him to Scotland because lots of people were ringing me up and asking about him.
“I had a Premier League club ring me up to ask about him and I gave them the same answer as I gave everyone else – that he’s a very good player with tremendous potential – so I’d definitely say they’ve pulled off a good signing.
“I only had five weeks at Sheffield Wednesday and in my time there I got him in the team pretty early. I’d expect him to have a really good career in the game.”
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To be honest, at 19 years of age, Shaw cannot be expected to come in and make an immediate impact at Parkhead. It will take some time for him to adjust to Scottish football. But then, things can be very different and he might fit in quickly, like Jeremie Frimpong did last season.
Capable of playing in midfield as well as defence, his versatility can be a huge asset to the club, especially considering their recent issues in both of those positions.
Considering he is a regular for a Championship side already, you would not expect him to spend time in the academy like a number of Celtic’s recent signings have had to. Instead, he should be in the senior squad from the get go and hopefully will be integrated into the first-team gradually.