Date: 19th June 2019 at 6:10am
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Celtic appear to have fallen victims to a six day transfer stitch up.

At 6.30pm last Wednesday decided to issue a statement announcing that they had agreed a club record fee with Celtic for the transfer of .

At 6.30pm on Tuesday the Daily Record and The Sun reported that Celtic had pulled out of the transfer, less than three hours later a number of sources including the Record confidently announced that had had a bid accepted for the midfielder. So far there has been no sign of a Motherwell statement about the bid from Norwich.

According to the Record, who have got stories wrong in the past, Turnbull will head south today with their story carrying a level of detail that suggests they are getting the information from a source very close to the player, or his agent.

Like John McGinn the debate will rage on about the tactics employed by Celtic, in the meantime the club identified a player to improve the side and have failed to deliver the deal.

The Scottish market should be the easiest for Celtic to operate in, there is a natural reluctance on the part of clubs to see a player return to their ground in a Celtic jersey but Scottish clubs aren’t in the habit of turning down deals that can be close to 50% of their turnover. £3m to Motherwell is the equivalent of Celtic being offered £50m for a player.

In three weeks time Sarajevo have to be faced, the first of four potential obstacles to reaching the Champions League and a £40m windfall and morale boost across every area of the club.

Some swift signings, especially in defence at right-back and in the centre are quickly required otherwise Turnbull is going to overshadow this transfer window just as McGinn did 12 months ago.