David Turnbull has an agent who reckons that he can wheel and deal a better deal for his player in England than he’s been offered today by Scotland’s dominant force Celtic.
Earlier today the Daily Record claimed that Turnbull had cut short his holiday to meet Celtic to discuss terms. The Herald and Evening Times then claimed that Turnbull had completed his medical. Plenty of the click-bait sites jumped in to repeat these claims from once respected sources.
Any truth whatsoever in any of that?
Putting that to one side, Celtic have released a statement this evening, which is short, sharp and while polite, you can almost feel the anger and frustration from between the lines. On the club’s Twitter account Celtic updated as follows:
“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.
“Celtic 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,” the club stated.
So what’s happening? Celtic’s bid had been made public by Motherwell who wanted to alert their fans themselves. However it may have alerted one or two English clubs who hadn’t bid but might fancy outfoxing Celtic by nipping in to match the bid and offer a higher price.
“Currently, we have been unable to come to an agreement with the player’s agent,” Celtic said – so it’s clear that Turnbull’s agent reckons he can make more elsewhere.
Celtic have made the teenager, who will probably be earning hundreds rather than thousands per week at the moment, a “magnificent offer” but the agent reckons he can do better.
If “Magnificent money” and a chance to play in a team that has won the last nine trophies played for in Scotland is not enough then the quicker Celtic ‘move on’ the better.
What’s the alternative? Barnsley? Do us a favour…
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. (2/2)
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 14, 2019