Tam Cowan believes Celtic fans owe David Turnbull an apology

By David Walton

June 23, 2019

Scottish radio talk-show host Tam Cowan believes that Celtic fans should apologise to their inevitable first signing of the summer David Turnbull.

The midfielder was snapped at Celtic Park with Neil Lennon on Friday (Daily Record). The move looks set to be completed imminently to take Turnbull from Motherwell to Celtic. It also comes after a saga in which the deal was in a constant state of “will he, won’t he”?

There have been several different stages where it’s looked like Turnbull was going to sign. Then there were several others where the midfielder looked like turning his back on the Hoops.

David Turnbull is Celtic-bound (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

With that has, of course, come some criticism for the player from the club’s supporters. And, speaking in the Scottish Sun, Cowan believes the Hoops supporters have some apologies to make.

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“Let’s hope a couple of Celtic fans who emailed yours truly this week also have a kind word — and maybe even a wee apology — for the player.

“Yes, I’m talking about you — Mark from Rutherglen and Big Chic in Paisley — who, when it appeared Turnbull had snubbed Celtic for Norwich, insisted he was “a sh*te, money-grabbing bluenose” (Mark) and a “total dud from a wee p*shy team in Lanarkshire” (Big Chic).

“Tell the truth, Bhoys, how many faces did you have to shave this morning? Perhaps Peter Lawwell also required an extra razor.”

Tam Cowan clearly unfair on Celtic fans

Whether this is against popular opinion or not, Celtic fans had every right to criticise Turnbull. Yes, he got his fair share of criticism during the whole transfer saga, but hardly any of it was to do with ability.

Celtic supporters weren’t happy with the long, drawn-out negotiations over Turnbull. He was being scrutinised for what appeared to be him messing Celtic around, or, at the very least, his agent was.

Turnbull is a huge prospect, and fans understand that (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He isn’t a poor footballer. There’s an acceptance amongst the supporters that he’s a good young talent. But that didn’t mean that it would’ve been the end of the world had Celtic not signed him. There were and still remain priority positions that need strengthening in the squad. £3million saved on Turnbull could’ve just went to that.

When a transfer saga has so many twists and turns like this one, of course it will attract anger and frustration from supporters. It’s hardly something to then have a go at the fans for.

Can Turnbull realise his potential at Celtic? (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He looks more or less like he’s here, unless he rips off that Celtic shirt to reveal a Norwich one. Given how this saga has gone, it would hardly surprise most.

But it looks like we’ve managed to nab our man. Every single Celtic supporter will now undoubtedly be wishing him the very best.