Former Leeds United and Manchester City right-back Danny Mills has had a bizarre pop at Celtic today.
The whole David Turnbull saga has been a bit tiresome for the majority of supporters. But, according to former English veteran Mills, the Hoops have been “shameful” in our pursuit of Motherwell’s youngster.
This is simply down to the tweets Celtic put out at the end of last week. Motherwell had accepted a £3million fee (BBC) for their main man, but Turnbull’s agent then rejected the deal. Celtic decided to post the latest update on social media, confirming a deal had yet to be reached with Turnbull’s representatives. Celtic believed they had put down a “magnificent” offer to him too.
“Celtic have used the media to discuss transfer negotiations and it’s totally wrong. Business should be conducted privately and behind closed doors.
“Don’t get me wrong, players do the same thing, via their agents, tipping off the media about interest from other clubs, to get better deals for themselves.
“Celtic have stirred things up to get their own fans on board, it’s a bit shameful, really, and Turnbull has been dropped into a situation he didn’t want to be in. It’s a very difficult situation for a 19-year-old.“
Hardly shameful, but perhaps premature
Mills has gone a little over the top here. Granted, he’s right to say that it wasn’t an easy situation for Turnbull to be in.
But the fact is that this will simply come down to how you see Celtic’s response. The club, to their credit, were keeping fans in the loop. In saying that, it’s not like how Celtic operate, as we pride ourselves on secrecy from the media.
This also isn’t something Celtic will do for future signings either. The basis for that is the fact we haven’t done it for previous acquisitions. There was something about this deal that didn’t sit right with Celtic, and you can sense they smelled a rat regarding the actions of Turnbull’s agent.
At the same time, however, contractual things also shouldn’t be made public. There was nothing stopping the club from simply saying that discussions were ongoing and that both parties were still at the table. Going into specifics about the club and agents’ stance wasn’t right.
Is it shameful? Hardly, but it is premature. And it’s odd to see someone like Mills suddenly take an interest in Scottish football.
It’s not the first time former English players and pundits have taken a sudden interest when there’s a chance to have a go at Celtic (TalkSPORT)
At the end of the day, it’s all proved irrelevant. The deal looks dead, and Celtic can now hopefully look ahead to more priority positions.