Chris Wilder gives update on future of Celtic target Billy Sharp

By Hamish Carton

January 16, 2020

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has given an update on the future of reported Celtic target Billy Sharp, saying that the forward “wants to stay” at the Blades.

Back in late December, the Guardian named us as a club who had “expressed an interest” in the 33-year-old who has featured precious little for the Premier League side so far this season.

Speculation about Sharp has been rife with a number of English clubs also mentioned, although it does look increasingly likely that he will be staying put at Bramall Lane until at least the end of the season, after Wilder’s update.

Chris Wilder and Billy Sharp (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The Englishman told the Yorkshire Post: “I had another chat with Billy this week again and mentioned another club who made an enquiry. Yet again, I am not surprised.

“Quite rightly, a lot of clubs have asked the question, but my stance has not changed from what I said at the start.

It is always Billy’s choice what happens between now and the end of the season.

“His message to me is he wants to stay. Although you can never say never.

If somebody comes in and offers a two-and-a-half year or three-and-a-half year deal, he will look at it and think: ‘I have got to take that deal’, then we will facilitate that.”

Sheffield United forward Billy Sharp (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Celtic should focus on what they have at the club

Despite our acquisition of Polish forward Patryk Klimala earlier this week, there is still a feeling among some Celtic fans that we could do with an experienced head to help bolster our frontline.

Sharp is an obvious candidate while Brighton forward Glenn Murray has been similarly mentioned.

While there may be a temptation for Neil Lennon to bring in another forward, it is worth remembering that we now have five at the club, if you include youngster Jonathan Afolabi.

Celtic forward Jonathan Afolabi (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Of course, Leigh Griffiths or Vakoun Bayo could go out on loan this month, but the fact we have only played one forward under Lennon until now still tells you that we’ve got enough on board.

Griffiths, Afolabi and Bayo all have talent so maybe the club should spend some time getting them up to the required level rather than moving for another veteran forward, probably on loan.

Even if we could get just one of them firing alongside Edouard and Klimala, we would have a pretty potent trio of frontline options.