In a move that stunned just about everyone, David Turnbull rejected Celtic’s initial approach for him.

Motherwell announced that the club had accepted a club-record fee from for him. All that was left to do from this point onwards was for Celtic and Turnbull to thrash out terms.

Turnbull turned Celtic down.

Turnbull turned Celtic down. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

This seemed like a foregone conclusion. That wasn’t the case, with Turnbull and his agent completely ripping up the script. They turned down Celtic’s initial offer.

The Motherwell starlet hasn’t received enough praise for resisting the initial temptations of joining the Scottish champions.

Turnbull’s Celtic problems

It is the dream of many in this country to play for the two Glasgow clubs. That’s not everyone’s dream though. Turnbull is a die-hard Well fan.

A Well fan at heart. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He loves the club he is at, but more than that, he knows his worth. He’s an excellent young player and is quite right to hold our for more if he believes in himself enough.

The Daily Express claim one of Turnbull’s big fears about the initial move was that he would not  be a regular first-team player. The report claims also that although there will be  a massive wage increase for him if he does move, the deal doesn’t sit ‘in line’ with someone who could be a big player for Celtic next season.

Turnbull is right to hold out for the best deal

Say you’re moving into a new job. You’ve been offered a decent wage, however, your co-workers are getting paid more for doing a similar job. Are you going to sit and accept that? Of course you’re not.

Turnbull shouldn't accept terms he isn't comfortable with.

Turnbull shouldn’t accept terms he isn’t comfortable with. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

If Turnbull feels he is going to be a big player for them, he should hold out for more. A promising thing for his future though is his fears over a lack of first-team football.

If the report is anything to go by, Turnbull values his playing time over money. He’ll know he can get a big move this summer or in January. Why should he join Celtic if he isn’t going to play regularly?

It’s been reported by the Scottish Sun they have now agreed a deal. After the embarrassment that was Celtic’s statement on the situation, I wouldn’t be surprised if Turnbull didn’t want to go. Some of the Parkhead support will already be ticked off with him.

Some of the Parkhead support will turn on him quickly. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Turnbull deserves plaudits for rejecting Celtic’s initial advances. Wherever he ends up, he’s shown that he won’t be taken for an idiot and take the first big deal that comes his way. In doing so, he has probably aided his long-term career goals. Turnbull is making sure first-team football is regular next term.

Motherwell will be gutted to eventually lose him, but Well fans should be pleased with how he’s dealt with the situation. They’d love to keep him, but if not, they’ll move on.

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