Celtic’s shrewd loan strategy pays off as Liam Shaw hails Motherwell’s ‘massive return’

Loan players to other Scottish Premiership teams can certainly have its benefits and that is of course something The Celtic Star continually urged the club to do in the January transfer window. On the one hand, young Celtic players who need a higher level of football than the B team can offer, have the opportunity to play week after week in the environment in which they should eventually play. for Celtic, meanwhile on the other hand. hand, loanees can have an impact in games against our rivals, while being barred from playing against the Hoops.

It is simply a gift that keeps on giving.

One such example yesterday was a second-half appearance for Motherwell for Celtic’s Liam Shaw. The player signed from Sheffield on a pre-contract deal on Wednesday struggled to break into Ange Postecoglou’s squad but a loan move to Motherwell from Graham Alexander appears to have paid off for both Shaw and Celtic, as the midfielder came off the bench to influence the Steelmen’s comeback from a 2-0 deficit, to level the game and ensure Celtic’s stalemate on the Easter road offered no advantage for the Rangers.

Henry Wingo of Ferencvaros TC battles for possession with Adam Montgomery of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Celtic FC and Ferencvarosi TC at Celtic Park on October 19, 2021 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images )

And Shaw took to Instagram yesterday to share his joy at playing a part in Motherwell’s comeback, and he’s no doubt delighted to have had an impact on his parent club’s title push as well. And you might notice one of the comments is from Adam Montgomery who of course is also on loan to a Scottish Premiership team, he’s at Aberdeen and maybe keen to have an impact on the result of the title itself when the Dons play. the rangers!

Shaw’s apparent ‘offside’ role in the build-up to the Motherwell equalizer saw Giovanni Van Bronckhorst call for the introduction of VAR, just a week after claiming his unavailability could not be used as an excuse for Scottish referees’ missed calls.

This was of course probably to avoid calling his own players unable to see the game with a two-goal lead at home, but there was something all the nicer about having a Celtic player involved in the return of motherwell and at the same time rankle the rangers manager who really should try to be a bigger man.

As Celtic look to develop more personalized path plans for young players in the Celtic squad and those looking to step up from the B team, it makes perfect sense to use other Scottish Premiership clubs. as a means of gaining much-needed experience in a competitive environment. Liam Shaw is a great example of how such moves can not only help the player but also impact Celtic’s season.

More of that please Celtic, and well done Liam Shaw!

Niall J.

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