David Turnbull rejection shows Scottish clubs are standing up to Celtic

By Hamish Carton

June 10, 2019

Motherwell’s decision to reject Celtic’s offer for David Turnbull highlights a worrying transfer trend for the Hoops.

Neil Lennon’s men are reported to have offered somewhere between £1-2million for the midfielder but have met stiff resistance from the Fir Park club. They want around £3million for the 19-year-old who had a terrific breakthrough season.

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The teenager netted 15 goals in 30 league appearances for the Steelmen as they finished 8th in the Premiership. He’s rumoured to be interesting a number of clubs south of the border prompting Motherwell to set an ambitious asking price.

A worrying trend for Celtic

The Lanarkshire side’s repudiation is just the latest example of smaller Scottish sides standing up to Celtic.

Last year, the Hoops failed so miserably to capture John McGinn after weeks of protracted negotiations. The Leith side held their nerve and demanded Celtic met their asking price. When we failed to do so, they opened up conversation with Aston Villa who were more than happy to pay his worth and have him down the road.

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Also last summer, Aberdeen refused a reported £3.5million bid from ourselves for their centre-back Scott McKenna. The Dons also reportedly rejected a bid of almost double the size on deadline day from an English side. Scottish sides are valuing their players higher and it doesn’t bode well for us.

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The improved financial stability of the Scottish game means that clubs no longer have to sell their prized assets the minute a decent offer is made. The vast sums being spent in the English Championship have also tempted Scottish sides into wanting a bit of the action.

They are right to value their players highly. Scottish talents have been undervalued for too long now and it’s about time we stood up for ourselves. It just makes things a bit harder for Celtic.