Celtic manager Neil Lennon had little to do with the pre-contract signing of Sheffield Wednesday teenager Liam Shaw, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and England defender delivered his verdict after the Northern Irishman announced the capture of the versatile defender earlier this week.
This site broke the news at the end of January that the Glasgow giants had agreed personal terms with Shaw and they were set to pay a £300,000 compensation fee for his services.
He is out of contract at Hillsborough at the end of June and is, therefore, free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with Celtic and join in July.
The move comes after the Hoops were gazumped by Liverpool to the January signing of Preston North End defender Ben Davies.
Asked whether the signing of Shaw points towards Lennon having a long-term future at Parkhead, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think it’s regardless of the manager.
“With the recruitment of young players, the manager doesn’t have an awful lot to do with that. We all know transient the managerial world is.
“There are rafts and rafts of recruitment people out there doing their job looking to strengthen for the future of the club.
“I think it doesn’t matter who the manager is they will still be recruiting good, young players.”
Shaw has played 17 times for Sheffield Wednesday’s first team after making his debut at the back end of last season.
He has started 10 Championship games this term and received the first red card of his career against Birmingham City this weekend.