Former Celtic star Jackie McNamara says that David Turnbull’s agent is likely to be the one to blame for the saga over his move from Motherwell.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Hoops and Scotland legend says that the 19-year-old will not have been the problem which caused Celtic to go public over the issues in contract negotiations.
The Bhoys confirmed on their official Twitter account that despite agreeing a fee with Motherwell over his sale, they were unable to come to an agreement with the player’s agent, the reigning Premiership champions revealing they had left the offer on the table.
With Neil Lennon confirming on Friday (21 June) that Turnbull was set to complete a medical and complete his move to Parkhead, McNamara was left pointing the finger of blame at those representing the player.
Asked if it was the agent at the root of the problem, the ex-Celtic star said: “Yeah, obviously that’s the problem. It’s not great that it’s come out in public but it’s clearly not the player.
“I think for the boy himself to play in this league with Celtic, it’s the next stage of his career. In the Premier League, would he go and play every week in Norwich’s first season back in the Premier League? It’s very doubtful, whereas he might have a chance to go and play in Celtic’s first team.
“It is a lot of money for a player in his breakthrough season.”
Turnbull’s imminent move to Parkhead comes off the back of an impressive campaign in the Scottish top flight, the attacking midfielder netting 15 goals in 30 league appearances after coming through the youth ranks at Motherwell.
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