Sheffield Wednesday starlet Liam Shaw has been convinced to join Celtic by their development plan for him and Jeremie Frimpong’s experience in Scotland, Football Insider understands.
Neil Lennon announced on Tuesday that the Scottish champions had signed Shaw, 19, on a pre-contract and he will join in the summer.
It successfully ends a lengthy pursuit from Celtic that had almost come to fruition at the end of last month when Football Insider revealed that the club had “agreed” personal terms in principle with Shaw but a deal had not been finalised.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that multiple factors have convinced Shaw to swap boyhood club Wednesday for Lennon’s side.
Chief among these are the plan Celtic have in place for the versatile teenager, who can play at centre-back and in central midfield.
They have laid out a plan for Shaw to be gradually integrated into their first team next season and given extended game time if he proves his worth.
The Celtic recruitment team have highlighted how 2019 summer signing Frimpong and 2020 arrival David Turnbull both had to bide their team before gradually establishing themselves as first-team mainstays.
Shaw has been particularly attracted by the pathway of Frimpong, who spent nine years at Man City without making the senior team before joining Celtic on a free transfer and lighting up the first XI at the age of 18.
The Dutch right-back joined Bayer Leverkusen in January for a fee rising to a potential £11million.
But he is perfect proof of how a rising star south of the border can fast-track his career in Scotland.
Wednesday made a last-gasp offer to try and keep Shaw, who joined their academy at the age of eight.
The player has great affection for the Championship big hitters, but uncertainty over where they will be playing next season – they are 22nd in the division and locked in a relegation battle – contributed to the youngster opting to leave.
Shaw has made nine league starts among 15 appearances in all competitions for the Yorkshire club this season.
Cross-border rules mean Celtic only having to pay a compensation fee of around £300,000 for the Wednesday academy product.