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Championship side angry over Celtic’s transfer tactics

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Sheffield Wednesday have taken a swipe at Celtic over their conduct in the transfer of Liam Shaw.

The midfielder is out of contract in the summer and was able to negotiate a new deal with a non-English club since January 1.

It is a fairly well-established process with Wednesday made aware of Celtic’s interest in Shaw before the turn of the year but unable to come up with an equivalent offer

Just after lunchtime today the Championship side announced:

Sheffield Wednesday can confirm that midfielder Liam Shaw has signed a pre-contract agreement with Scottish Premiership side Celtic. We are currently investigating this matter and will consider if there are any further steps available to protect the club’s interest.

It was not our intention to place this development into the public domain out of respect to all parties concerned. However, we were contacted by Celtic informing the club of their intention to formally confirm this development, which was revealed by the former Celtic manager in a media briefing.

Both clubs exchanged statements in advance of a coordinated release but Celtic have since ceased correspondence to this end. Shaw remains a Sheffield Wednesday player until the expiry of his current contract and will be available for selection for the remainder of the season. We will make no further comment at this time.

So far this season Shaw has made 18 appearances for Wednesday, continuing to be selected through his contract issue and working under three managers- Garry Monk, Tony Pulis and Darren Moore.

Wednesday are currently second bottom of the Championship, eight points adrift of safety after starting the season with six points deducted for breaking Financial Fair Play regulations set by the EFL.

As the Wednesday statement suggests Celtic haven’t made any comment other than from Neil Lennon during a media conference.

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