NEW Bhoy Liam Shaw, who agreed a pre-contract with the Hoops in January, suffered a last-game snub from Sheffield Wednesday as they failed to beat relegation from the Championship.
The Hillsborough outfit drew 3-3 against Wayne Rooney’s Derby County at Pride Park Stadium – where former Parkhead fans’ favourite Patrick Roberts scored a spectacular goal for the home side – to crash into the English third tier.
Shaw, the highly-rated midfielder or central defender, watched helplessly from the substitutes’ bench as Darren Moore, the club’s third gaffer this season, made three changes as he desperately attempted to keep his team in the division. The incoming Celt was overlooked, though, in the manager’s unsuccessful bid.
The performances of the 20-year-old utility star attracted attention of the Hoops scouts in the first half of the campaign and they moved quickly to get the sought-after youngster on a deal to make sure his immediate future was at Parkhead.
Wednesday were clearly unhappy at the situation and launched an unsuccessful probe into the pre-contract arrangement, as CQN reported in March.
They will receive something in the region of £350,000 in a cross-border switch when they had already rated their hot property in the £2million region.
Shaw leaves behind him a club in massive trouble following a six-point deduction for financial irregularities that saw them plunge to the foot of the table on November 7. Boss Garry Monk was sacked two days later and replaced by veteran Tony Pulis.
The Welshman’s spell in charge was a disaster and he won just one of his 10 matches before also being fired three days after Christmas with the club in 23rd position, three points adrift of safety.
Neil Thompson had a spell in charge as caretaker gaffer before Moore was appointed their third manager of the season.
Shaw, like everyone connect with Celtic, will be hoping he has left managerial turmoil behind him as he prepares for his future in Glasgow.