David Turnbull’s Celtic contract rejection may be about to set a damaging precedent for the club. The youngster and his representatives are reported to want as much as £20,000 per week to join the Scottish champions.
Celtic aren’t keen to give a man who has less than 40 first-team appearances such an offer and have issued an ultimatum to him and his agent.
Turnbull’s representatives are said to be looking down south at other options while Celtic’s bid remains the only one to have been accepted by the Fir Park club.
Given Turnbull’s excessive wage demands and the amount of money down south, will this set a dangerous precedent? Could the days of Celtic being able to cherry-pick the finest Scottish talent be gone?
A bit of the action
Scottish football has been an easy hunting ground for the likes of Celtic, Rangers and English sides for years. Provincial clubs are starting to stand up for their top talent and will no longer accept bids which don’t match their valuation.
Motherwell requested £3million for a man who is yet to play a full season and they got it. That’s a far cry from previous days when Celtic would be able to prize away top talent for low fees.
Scottish sides see the money being dished out down south and they want a bit of the action. Turnbull would be worth £3million easily if he played in England so Motherwell think they can ask for that.
The same applies to wages too. The amount of money going around in England means that Championship clubs can now afford to spend more than Celtic. Despite the circumstances, John McGinn chose a Championship side over Celtic last summer. Now Turnbull is threatening to do likewise.