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Report: Billy Sharp staying put after rejecting Celtic move

Sheffield United striker, Billy Sharp, is set to stay with the club after rejecting a move to Celtic. 

The Blades skipper has been linked with a move away from the club in January. A lack of minutes under Chris Wilder this season, seemingly opening the door to a potential move away from Bramall Lane.

Celtic were reportedly interested in signing Billy Sharp. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

However, according to David Anderson of the Mirror, Sharp has now made his mind up. He has reportedly rejected offers from both Celtic and Nottingham Forest, meaning he will now stay with his boyhood club.

Sharp has been integral for Sheffield United as they have climbed up the leagues. He scored 30 times in League One before netting just shy of forty goals in two Championship campaigns.

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But this season has been a struggle for the Blades captain. He has started only once in the Premier League, although he did get around 30 minutes at Anfield last week.

Furthermore, Sharp got his crowning moment as a Blades player on the opening day of the season at Bournemouth. It was his goal which rescued a first Premier League point for United.

No real surprise here

Despite talk from various sources and Celtic seemingly willing to pay for Sharp, it’s little surprise to see him staying put.

Chris Wilder only said last week he expected him to stay. That appears now to be ringing true, meaning both the club and player can now draw a line under proceedings.

Chris Wilder insisted that Billy Sharp stay with the club this season.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Sharp still has a role to play this season. Of course, he isn’t going to get regular starts but he is the only natural goalscorer in the Blades squad. Indeed, he showed his instincts are still intact when he hit the post at Manchester City.

Off the field, too, Sharp is important. He’s been part of the journey since Chris Wilder came in. Therefore, it’s nice to see him seeing out the Premier League campaign with the Blades.

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