Kevin Kyle tells Celtic target David Turnbull to sign deal

By Hamish Carton

June 15, 2019

Former Rangers forward Kevin Kyle has urged David Turnbull to fulfil his potential and sign for Celtic. The teenager and his representatives rejected the Parkhead club’s initial contract offer on Friday with the Scottish Sun reporting that they were looking for “close to £20,000 a week”.

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Earlier in the week, Celtic had a reported £2.8million offer for the 15 goal midfielder accepted by Motherwell. Negotiations were expected to be pretty straight forward before Friday’s snag.

Now, former Gers and Kilmarnock forward Kyle has pleaded with Turnbull to make the right choice. The 37-year old calls the teenager’s wage hopes “laughable” and says he should fulfil his potential. Then “money will come no problem”.

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Kyle is just saying what everyone else is thinking. The Motherwell man is clearly getting some bad advice from his representatives. He should be jumping at the chance to sign for Celtic and make a name for himself.

If the reports are true that Turnbull is wanting close to £20,000 per week then that’s laughable. The kid is still 19 and yet to play a full season of first-team football. Turnbull has only featured in 34 matches for the Fir Park side so to be demanding wages of that level is cheeky at best.

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If he feels he needs to earn large wages at such a young age then he should look down south. There will be a club in the Premier League or Championship willing to pay him what he feels he deserves, but Celtic are right to reject.

If we offered Turnbull the reported wages there would be a queue down to the Lennoxtown car park of fellow first-teamers wanting a rise. We can’t afford to upset our entire wage bill for one 19-year-old.

The club have done the right thing. The ball is now in Turnbull’s court.