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Sheffield Wednesday’s Neil Thompson provides update on Celtic target

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Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Neil Thompson has described Liam Shaw’s future as “an ongoing situation” amid reports he has been in talks with Celtic. 

The 19-year-old has broken through into the Owls side this season but is out of contract in the summer, leaving the door open for the Scottish club to sign him on a pre-contract.

The Sheffield Star has reported that preliminary talks are underway between Shaw and Celtic, while it is understood negotiations are also underway between the teenager and Wednesday.

Speaking in his press conference this morning, Thompson was quizzed on the situation concerning the Hoops target.

He said (via Yorkshire Live): “That’s an ongoing situation. I’m not in a situation to comment on that.”

It is believed that the teenager is in no rush to make a decision and that staying at Hillsborough is an attractive option to him.

The Wednesday academy product made his debut last season but began to establish himself in the side during Tony Pulis’ short tenure this term.

The 19-year-old is comfortable as either a centre-back or a central midfielder and has added a goal and an assist in his 14 appearances for the Owls.

Shaw is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.

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The Verdict

Losing Shaw on a pre-contract to Celtic would be a big blow for Wednesday, there’s no doubt about that.

He is just beginning to establish himself in the senior game but there’s so much potential there and it would be hugely frustrating for them to see him flourish elsewhere.

It would be particularly frustrating because the compensation received would be minimal and likely well below the club’s valuation of the player.

It’s no surprise that Thompson is keeping tight-lipped on the situation but he’s confirmed that the decision making and discussions over his future are ongoing, it’s now likely just a waiting game for fans of the Yorkshire club.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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