Transfer Focus: Celtic can’t be held to ransom by David Turnbull or his agent

Celtic’s deal for David Turnbull is in jeopardy this weekend after the player’s agents and the club reached an impasse in negotiations, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

What’s gone on?

News of the deal stalling broke on Friday evening, with Celtic confirming on Twitter that an offer had been made to the player and subsequently rejected, days after a fee was agreed with Motherwell.

It was the kind of public update rarely seen from the club and didn’t go down particularly well with supporters if you take a glance at some of the replies.

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Later though The Scottish Sun provided a bit more detail on what went on, reporting sources who claim the player is looking for close to £20,000 per week, despite the club offering a five-figure weekly wage that would have seen him earn more than Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama initially did at Celtic Park.

The paper say that’s also more than many of the members of Celtic’s ‘treble treble’ winning squad currently earn.

Are Celtic to blame?

Despite the initial outcry regarding Celtic’s tweets, it’s clear that the club are unwilling to budge from their current wage structure and from their perspective were right to inform supporters about what has gone on over the past week after negotiations concluded, especially after Motherwell made the deal so public.

The vacuum of silence could have been more damaging to their reputation, especially after last summer’s failed move for John McGinn.

The story has now developed and moved on to Turnbull’s contract demands, putting the pressure on his representatives to either conclude a deal or pull out.

Celtic therefore deserve a bit of credit for publicly forcing the issue and changing the narrative.

There is absolutely no doubt that the Motherwell teenager is a talented player and deserves a fair wage at Celtic or elsewhere, but the weekly wage quoted is just too rich for a player of his experience arriving at the Hoops.

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