Danny Mills claims that there will be new terms on the table for David Turnbull as he questions Neil Lennon’s suggestion over the transfer u-turn at Celtic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender was left applauding the way in which Motherwell ace Turnbull had gone about securing a move to Parkhead, which looked to be under threat due to negotiations with his agent.
However, Neil Lennon confirmed on Friday that the 19-year-old was at the club to undergo a medical and complete the move, stating that his decision to move to the Hoops was for “footballing reasons, not financial.”
Mills questioned Lennon’s suggestion, stating that there were likely new terms tabled to convince the player and that what the “clever” Celtic manager called footballing reasons could also be considered financial.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former England ace said: “He wasn’t going to be coerced. If you’ve been promised something and it doesn’t quite happen, fair play to him for saying no. I admire him for making a stand.
“Celtic have come back thinking let’s sort it out, let’s give him what he wants, maybe a little bit extra and a little bit of negotiation has gone on. I like that, that just goes to show the player has the power.”
Asked about Lennon’s claims the move was back on for footballing, not financial reasons, Mills said: “It may well have been. The player might have been saying I want to play, you can never guarantee anything because if you’re not playing well.
“It will have been a mix of everything. Those footballing reasons can be appearances monies because if you’re not playing you’re not getting paid as much. Is that football reasons or financial reasons? Managers, coaches, clubs, players can all be very, very clever in the way they word things.”
Turnbull was the standout performer at Motherwell during the 2018/19 campaign, the attacking midfielder netting 15 goals in 30 games in what was his breakthrough season in professional football.
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