Confirmed: £5m winger linked to Celtic in January has just been released

By John McGinley

May 21, 2021

It has been confirmed that Adam Reach, linked with a move to Celtic in January, will not be a Sheffield Wednesday player next season.

The club announced the news on their official website.

The Lancashire Telegraph reported in January that both Celtic and Rangers were monitoring his situation and mulling pre-contract offers.

Reach moved to the Owls from Middlesbrough for a £5m fee in 2016 but with his contract due to expire and Wednesday set to play League One football next season, it’s time for goodbyes.

Reach primarily plays on the left flank, which is an area of the pitch Celtic need competition for.

Unless Celtic offer significant money, Mohamed Elyounoussi will likely head back to Southampton after his loan expiration. Wing-back Diego Laxalt’s future is unlikely to be in Glasgow either.

We also know that Celtic have been watching Sheffield Wednesday recently having already completed the signing of prospect Liam Shaw.

The Wednesday man has vast experience having made over 300 appearances in the English Championship, registering 31 goals and 42 assists. [Transfermarkt]

That’s not the most productive of outputs, but clubs have utilised him in various attacking and defensive positions.

He’s a versatile option that is likely well known to reported incoming boss Eddie Howe. [Daily Record]

Celtic have been linked with Adam Reach / (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Celtic have been linked with many English-based players over the past 12 months as the reality of limited scouting in the midst of a global pandemic and future Brexit regulations hamper recruitment.

On a free transfer, there doesn’t appear to be much risk involved in moving for Reach, especially when we need squad options.

Given the fact he was linked to both us and Rangers in January, and is now a free agent, Reach is definitely a player to watch out for news on over the coming weeks.

In other news, Celtic must be laughing at Aston Villa today.