Crucial development as Sheffield Wednesday’s Liam Shaw makes Celtic decision

Liam Shaw is one of the most exciting young players to come through at Sheffield Wednesday, but he’s been heavily linked with a move to Celtic.

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 9:17 pm

The youngster has burst onto the scene this season, putting in a number of impressive performances for the Owls as he solidified his place as a key member of the club’s first team.

At just 19, his showings were never likely to go unnoticed, and soon there was rumblings of interest from the Scottish giants as they looked at the possibility of landing him on a precontract.

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Sheffield Wednesday's Liam Shaw has been linked with Celtic for some time now. (Pic Steve Ellis)

Now The Star understands that the teenager has agreed a deal with Celtic for next season, and that Wednesday have been informed of his decision to make the switch to Glasgow rather than pen a new deal at Hillsborough.

Wednesday had been in talks with the youngster about renewing at his boyhood club, but it would appear that the opportunity to play European football and challenge for silverware at one of the biggest clubs in European football was too big a drawcard.

It’s understood that Shaw has agreed a long-term deal with Neil Lennon’s side that will kick in on July 1st, but that he is fully committed to the Wednesday cause this year as he looks to try and continue playing his part in their efforts to remain in the Championship.

After having been asked to make the most difficult decision of his career to date, Shaw has been up front with the club he still supports by ensuring club staff were informed, and it’s understood that Shaw personally spoke to them in order to pledge his maximum effort until the end of the season regardless of his decision to join Celtic.

While he will technically be moving as a free agent, it’s thought that the Owls will be due a figure in the region of £300,000 as compensation given the huge part that they’ve played in his development.

Speaking after the game, Wednesday manager, Neil Thompson, said that there had not been any word on his future ‘as far as I’m aware’, and it remains to be seen when anything will be made official.