City old boy has a pop at transfer target Turnbull

Former Norwich City loan defender and now Celtic assistant boss John Kennedy feels David Turnbull is

Former Norwich City loan defender and now Celtic assistant boss John Kennedy feels David Turnbull is making the wrong career move Picture: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Norwich City target David Turnbull has been accused of chasing the money, after snubbing Scottish giants Celtic.

The Bhoys' assistant boss and one-time Canaries' loan defender, John Kennedy, questioned the 19-year-old's desire to move south following a stellar season at Motherwell.

City have agreed a fee with the Scottish Premiership club but still face competition to land the attacking midfielder, despite Celtic dropping out of the race.

Kennedy believes a Parkhead switch would have been the perfect platform for Turnbull to shine.

"What we want is for players to be hungry and we also want them to come here for the right reasons, not just financially," he said. "For a 19-year-old coming from Motherwell who has played pretty much one season, the offer we made was very good.


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"The reality is that if players come here and do well, they will be rewarded long term as the years progress. It all comes down to a player's idea of what he wants and the representative who is advising him in that respect. If you do well at this club, the world is your oyster and that's what we wanted to give him, but they chose not to take our offer."

Celtic also took the unusual step of criticising Turnbull and his advisors on social media after rejecting the champions.

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"We were obviously interested in David, whom we rate very highly. He's done very well at Motherwell," he said, speaking to the Daily Record. "The problem sometimes nowadays is that they want everything given to them before anything is achieved.

"For us, we have a structure to work to. The offer we made to him was extremely good, in our eyes, they seen it differently. Players coming in have to have the right attitude and the right motives. When you do that, normally, you get a good player.

"It depends on the individual.

"What's their motive? What are they looking to get out of it? Is it purely financial or do they want to go somewhere where they have a real chance of winning trophies, being successful and developing as a player to become better?

"Players jump ship to a big club, they don't play and they fall by the wayside.

"I certainly hope that doesn't happen to David, because he's a talented player, but it's also about what's making the right move for your career, and not just financially."

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