The Celtic support seem divided on the club’s surprising decision to post a statement on Twitter. On Friday, the official Celtic page tweeted an update on the situation regarding David Turnbull following reports that the Motherwell teenager had rejected our initial contract offer.
They said that “a magnificent offer” had been made to Turnbull and that “it is now up to the agent and player” to decide if a move to Celtic is on.
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
The decision to release a statement on Twitter is very out of character for Celtic. It’s fair to say that some fans weren’t in favour of the move.
Who the hell approved this statement?
— Thomas Connelly (@LegalCheek_Tom) June 14, 2019
What a strange statement to put out.
— Rogic Lifetime Contract CSC (@sellik88) June 15, 2019
This is an example of how NOT to conduct transfer business.
— Scott Wright (@Wrighty0511) June 14, 2019
Hello banter years
— Christy Donnelly (@christydon10) June 14, 2019
Very unprofessional,cant believe they actually put that out on twitter 🤷🏻♂️
— paul sweeney (@sweeneypauloioi) June 14, 2019
The club’s decision to update fans and quash tabloid rumours did go down well with some supporters. Celtic have been criticised in recent times for not keeping fans in the loop with what’s going on. Some supporters were refreshed to see a different stance being taken by the club.
Well done Celtic for actually telling us fans what's happening 👍🏻. Turnbull has a chance to play at a massive club here and if he hits the heights he'll get a big money move to the premiership in years to come. If he turns this down then his agent is a clown, He is only 19.
— Garry Sean Mclaren (@garry_mclaren) June 14, 2019
Quite right from Celtic. Great offer been made
Nearly £3m to Motherwell who were out of order releasing details. Agent chasing a couple of Grand extra looks like has back fired.
Enjoy Championship 1
— Celtic Collectibles (@CollectCelticFC) June 14, 2019
See anybody slagging celtic off for this tweet, don't bother. They've called the agent out for what he is. If the boy wants to join then I'm sure his family will guide him in the right direction
— Disco Dave (@discodave14) June 14, 2019
Intentions weren’t bad
Celtic had the right intentions when trying to update fans on what was going on with the deal. It was just the execution that let them down.
They could have formatted a much neater single tweet statement that explained the current situation without adding the other nonsense. There was very little need for the adjectives like “magnificent” to explain the offer that mas made. They should have just stated the facts and allowed everyone else to make assumptions.
Putting the statement out on Twitter also seemed a bit unprofessional. The club would ordinarily have released the statement on the website and then linked to it on social media. It seems bizarre that they chose to change their stance.