Celtic call Turnbull agent's bluff over wage demands

Celtic have released a surprise statement stating that Motherwell’s David Turnball has rejected a ‘magnificent’ contract offer as his agent hawks his client to clubs in England.

The Fir Park side, earlier in the week, accepted a club record fee in the region of £3 million from Celtic and personal terms were to be finalised.

But now it appears that Turnbull’s agent is trying to start a bidding war between Celtic and clubs down in England, despite Celtic offering the player a three year deal with the option of an additional year.

In a move away from the norm, Celtic issued a statement via twitter, it read: "Celtic was pleased to agree a record-breaking fee with Motherwell FC for David Turnbull and we have quickly followed this up with a fantastic offer to the player through his agent.

"Currently, we have been unable to come to an agreement with the player's agent. CelticFC is content that it has made a magnificent offer and it is now up to the agent and player to decide if the player wants to join Celtic. If not, we move on."

It looks like Celtic are trying to call Turnbull and his agent’s bluff over their wage demands, while also looking to avoid blame, as they don’t want a repeat of last summer’s transfer debacle surrounding John McGinn.

Turnbull scored 15 goals in 30 games last season and has two years remaining on his contract with the Fir Park side.

If the deal for Turnbull falls through, Celtic will turn their attentions back to West Brom’s 19-year-old midfielder Rekeem Harper.