Turnbull and agent now playing funny buggers with Norwich
Fresh from Celtic ripping up an offer to sign for the Scottish champions, David Turnbull and his agent are now playing funny buggers with English Premier League outfit Norwich.
Celtic had offered Motherwell £3m for their 19-year-old midfielder, after one good season with the Fir Park side, but ludicrous wage demands from Turnbull and his agent saw Celtic's £12,000 a week contract offer ripped up and the Scottish champions stopping all negotiations with the player and his representative on Tuesday.
Hours later, Norwich City had a £3.25m bid accepted by Motherwell and the player travelled to East Anglia on Wednesday to have a medical and discuss personal terms.
But it now seems that despite the offer of a higher wage than that of Celtic's offer just isn't enough anymore for Turnbull. He wants to feel wanted. He's looking for guaranteed first team football. And once again his demands are laughable for a kid who has so far been a one season wonder.
Either Turnbull has a high opinion of himself and his ability or he is being badly advised by his agent. Either way he runs the risk of not only pissing Celtic off, but also the English Premier League side.
So what is it that Turnbull is really after? Winning silverware or is it First team football, a bumper wage, or both? Either way he has shown already that for a kid on £600 a week at Motherwell, his spoilt brat mentality wears very thin.
Celtic assistant John Kennedy, when discussing the club's decision to rip up the offer for Turnbull, said it perfectly.
He said: "What we want is for players to be hungry and we also want them to come here for the right reasons, not just financially, and for a 19-year-old with less than a full season for Motherwell under his belt, the offer we made was very good.
"The reality is that if players come here and do well then they’ll be amply rewarded as the years progress. That’s the way we saw it, and we gave David the spiel about how we work here and how we nurture players and where they go from here.
“If you do well at Celtic then the world is your oyster and that’s what we wanted to give him, but they chose not to take it."
He added: “It depends on their motive; what are they looking to get out of it?
"Is it purely money or do they want to go somewhere where they have a real chance of winning trophies and becoming a better footballer, because I’ve seen many players jump ship and fall by the wayside because they’re not getting a game.
“Obviously, I certainly hope that doesn’t happen to David because he’s someone we rate very highly, but it’s all about making the right move for your career. But that all comes down to what the players wants and what advice he’s getting from his representative."
UPDATE: According to the Daily Record, David Turnbull to Celtic now looks back on after the player thinks a move to Celtic is best for his chances of first team football and his development.