Celtic were right to release a statement revealing their issues in dealing with the agent of David Turnbull to ensure that they protected their reputation, according to Jackie McNamara.

The former Hoops and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims that the public statement regarding contract talks with the Motherwell ace, posted to the club’s Twitter account, was a sign of frustration at Parkhead.

The 19-year-old now looks set to move to Glasgow after Neil Lennon confirmed a medical was to take place on Friday and a deal set to be finalised.

Speaking of the saga, McNamara backed the decision to go public by his old club, insisting that it ensured the club’s standards and values were upheld and that it sent a message to the rest of the footballing world.

He also claims that there could be an incentive-based deal, with a number of performance bonuses, on the cards for the young talent.

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The former Celtic ace told Football Insider: “By the looks of it, Celtic got very frustrated with the agent and put that statement out. They stuck to their guns which obviously they’re right to do.

“I think Celtic has to protect their name and how they go and do their business, because people will say how can you not agree terms for a 19-year-old but like every other club they will have their structure that they need to stick to.

“The lad’s a fantastic prospect but he’s only had his first sort of season there (at Motherwell). There has to be some kind of realism as well, and be sensible – if he does such and such then he’ll go onto such and such. I think Celtic were right to stick to their guns over that.” 

Turnbull enjoyed a hugely successful breakthrough season at Motherwell, the 19-year-old scoring 16 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the Hoops are chasing a Scotland international to add to their squad this summer.