Celtic grow a pair as they rip up David Turnbull offer
Despite several days of negotiations, Celtic have finally ripped up their offer for David Turnbull after the player and agent tried to mug Celtic off once again.
Earlier today, it looked like a breakthrough between the club and the player’s agent was on the cards and that a deal would be announced, but that ended when the player’s agent tried to make more ridiculous demands.
Celtic had offered Turnbull a £12,000 a week contract to sign for Celtic after the club had agreed a £3 million fee with Motherwell, but that offer which the Scottish champions hailed as ‘magnificent’ was rejected by the 19-year-old - who is currently on a £600 a week contract with the Fir Park side - demanded £20,000 a week which would have made him one of the club’s top earners after playing just 34 games in senior football.
The Scottish champions made the unusual step of announcing that a deal couldn’t be made with the player’s agent and that if they do not accept it the club will move on.
Their statement read: "Currently, we have been unable to come to an agreement with the player's agent. Celtic FC 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."
But despite negotiating further over the weekend and up till today, the two parties couldn’t come to an arrangement, further complicated by the player’s agent trying to change his initial demands as English interests increased.
That was the final straw for Celtic as they ripped up their offer and ended all negotiations. A move that has been welcomed by Celtic fans.
Norwich step in
Just hours after Celtic pulled the plug on the deal, English Premier League new boys Norwich City matched Motherwell’s asking price and will now start negotiations with Turnbull and his agent.
One of the excuses used by the player and his agent was the prospect of limited game time with the Scottish champions, and I wonder if the same excuse will be rolled out by the duo with the Norwich hierarchy - given that they too will not be guaranteeing first team football for the Motherwell youngster.
Although, I suspect a sizeable wage offer from the Carrow Road side will more than compensate for his lack of playing time, before he is farmed out on loan to some lower league English side for the next few years at least.
The potential deal with Norwich will also prove once again that Celtic were right to walk away from the laughable demands and so-called concerns of Turnbull and his agent. That’s if they don’t piss Norwich off also.
Finally, Celtic have grown a pair and wasted relatively no time in telling an unscrupulous snake of a football agent and his client to do one. Celtic will now move on, with the full backing of the Celtic support.