The reaction from Celtic fans to the David Turnbull developments have been mixed to say the least.
Last night, the Scottish Sun stated that the Hoops were set to sign Turnbull. The source claimed that the deal had stalled due to assurances over a first-team spot.
In any case, Celtic still seems like the closest move for Turnbull. Sheffield Wednesday were also linked with a move for the Motherwell midfielder (The Sun), but there’s been nothing further on that.
And it looks like the Hoops may be set to announce the midfielder at some stage in the near future. Supporters, as always, have reacted on social media. Speaking on Twitter, here’s a look at some of the reaction to the news Celtic are set to sign Turnbull.
Position unchanged, if Turnbull signs fine.
If he doesnt also fine.
We have better players already at Celtic.
— Shaysda (@shaysda) June 17, 2019
I think that 'concerns about first team opportunities' will be used for the delay in the Turnbull deal rather than the agent chancing his arm and finding no one to match Celtic's offer.
— Joe McHugh (@videocelts) June 18, 2019
Looks like Turnbull signing today good luck to him, welcome to Celtic
— Falcarragh Csc (@falcarraghcsc) June 18, 2019
Smsm giving it Turnbull bull ! 😂 Hold up was about appearances ? 😂 Aye,sure. Hard work starts now Davie bhoy. Good luck and welcome.
— Celtic Symphony (@DM8883) June 18, 2019
Celtic believe there was significant movement from David Turnbull's side yesterday & expect deal to be finalised in the next 24hrs, the public manner in which this has played out has put unnecessary pressure on the boy to hit the ground running instead of settling at his own rate
— Inside The SPFL (@AgentScotland) June 18, 2019
Remove the emotion and the pantomime being played out on social media, then the contract negotiations between David Turnbull, his agent and Celtic are being played out, right now, by prospective employees and employers up and down the country. People need to calm down a bit.
— Swed🍀 (@Swedleypops) June 18, 2019
Turnbull hopefully the first of many.
— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) June 17, 2019
If I had the agent of Turnbull he’d be sacked for delaying my move to Celtic 👍
— KRISTOFFER AJER CSC 🇳🇴 (@celticHome_Away) June 17, 2019
Fans right to question reasoning for delay
So the Sun’s report stated that Turnbull was looking for first-team opportunities. Some on social media have scoffed at that idea, and quite rightly so. From a supporters perspective, it reeks of the agent chancing his arm. Whilst that can’t be confirmed, it comes across that way.
For those not aware, Turnbull is currently signed up with Pro Legal Group (Transfermarkt). This is the same group that has Stuart Armstrong on their books. The same Armstrong who was in contract negotiations for weeks with Celtic before penning just a two-year deal back in 2017.
Celtic have had previous difficulties in dealing with their higher-quality clients. Turnbull, given his value and burgeoning reputation, has also managed to prove a difficult acquisition during contract negotiations.
It’s highly likely that, if this move does happen, then by the time his contract is set to be renewed, we’ll be having trouble with his agent again.
In any case, it’s down to the player what he does with his agent in that regard. All we can do as supporters is back him if the deal gets over the line.
At the end of the day, his signing will secure us one of the hottest young prospects in Scottish football. He’ll have to earn his first-team stripes like everyone else. But the sooner this is all wrapped up, the better.