Celtic-bound Sheffield Wednesday youngster Liam Shaw explains reasons behind exit
Sheffield Wednesday youngster Liam Shaw has broken his silence on his controversial decision to join Celtic at the end of the season.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who burst onto the scene in the latter stages of last season before setting himself as a first team regular in recent months, has agreed pre-contract terms with the Scottish giants, with Wednesday expected to land a compensation fee of around only £300,000.
The Owls today released a statement confirming they were investigating the circumstances of the transfer and if necessary might consider further action.
And in his first public comment on his future, Shaw released a statement this afternoon explained his reasons for the switch.
“First of all, I would like to thank everyone at Sheffield Wednesday - the owner, all the staff, my team-mates and especially the supporters,” he said.
“After discussing the options with my family, I have decided to take on a new challenge and so, I've agreed to join Celtic, one of the most famous and prestigious clubs in the world, on July 1.
“Until the last kick of the ball of the final game of this season, I will continue to give my all for Sheffield Wednesday and to help my team-mates.
“I work hard every day in order to make my family proud and I'll always give everything in training and in games. I'm determined to contribute as much as possible to the team, so we have a successful end to the season.
“Sheffield Wednesday is a massive and brilliant club and I'm extremely grateful for everything the club has done for me. The club will always be special for me as I grew up a fan and nothing can change that for me. In the end, I based my decision purely on the football aspects.
“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 possibly achieve in my career. I thank Celtic for this amazing opportunity, which is impossible for me to turn down.”