Celtic pull the plug on Turnbull deal for a second time

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David Turnbull

Celtic have cancelled their proposed transfer deal for Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull after the youngster failed to a medical and would have to undergo ‘immediate preventative surgery and subsequent rehabilitation’.

The Scottish champions long pursuit of the 19-year-old has finally came to an end, after they tried to revise the transfer terms with Celtic, as Turnbull is expected to be out for up to six month!

But Motherwell this afternoon have announced that Turnbull will be staying with the Fir Park side and will undergo the surgery on the injury which Celtic’s medical picked up on earlier in the week.

A statement on the official Motherwell website, read: “David Turnbull is to remain a Motherwell player, with a proposed move to Celtic FC no longer taking place.

“An agreement was reached with the Glasgow club on 12 June, subject to the player agreeing personal terms, which he did, and undergoing a medical. During that medical process, an issue was identified that will require David to have immediate preventative surgery and subsequent rehabilitation.

“Celtic were still keen to sign the player despite this matter arising. But having presented revised transfer terms to Motherwell, the clubs could not reach an agreement. David will now remain at Fir Park and will shortly have an operation which will rule him out of any football for an extended period, the exact length to be determined following surgery.

“We will give David all the support he needs during this process. We wish him the best with his procedure and rehabilitation, and look forward to watching him play in claret and amber again in the near future.”

Celtic had their £3.25 million offer for Turnbull accepted earlier this month by Motherwell, who prematurely took to social media to post a grandstanding tweet confirming a deal had been agreed – despite personal terms or a medical being agreed and passed.

Turnbull was offered a contract reportedly around £12,000-a-week before it was rejected and with Celtic refusing to move the goalposts, the deal was eventually taken off the table and English Premier League side Norwich City made their move to sign the 19 year oid.

But despite offering a more lucrative contract, Turnbull went back to Celtic as he believed that was best for his career development. A deal was eventually agreed, subject to a medical and after Friday’s medical had been delayed due to technical issues at Ross Hall Hospital – a medical was subsequently undertaken and a second scan done earlier this week, which flagged up an injury to Turnbull’s knee which demanded ‘immediate preventative surgery’.

Celtic issued their own statement, via the official club website, following the transfer deal ending. It read:

“It is unfortunate that we were not able to proceed with the transfer of David to Celtic, having agreed a significant fee with Motherwell and reaching agreement with the player.

“It is regrettable that David will be out of action for a considerable length of time and, clearly, these circumstances are totally outwith the club’s control. We did everything we could to find a solution.

“We would like to thank David and his representatives for the professionalism they have shown throughout. We also thank Motherwell FC for the way they have handled this process. We wish David all the very best with the operation and every success for the future.”

Now the long-running transfer saga looks to have finally ended, a conclusion that neither party wanted and hopefully Turnbull’s surgery is a success and he can get back to full fitness and playing football again sooner rather than later.

As for Celtic, they will now move on to other targets.

Andy Muirhead

Andy Muirhead

Andy Muirhead is the former editor of Scotzine and producer of the Scottish football podcast, The Final Whistle. He has written for ESPN, Huffington Post, BT Sport, and The Morning Star, with work also featured in the Daily Record, the Scotsman, Daily Mail, Daily Express and numerous fan websites.

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