For Celtic fans, the clubs interest in Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull gave sudden flashbacks to the John McGinn saga of 12 months previously.
It was a scenario where the Peter Lawwell and the Celtic board shouldered a lot of the blame, as it was felt they prolonging negotiations which allowed Aston Villa to swoop in with a suitable offer and sign the player.
Fast forward 12 months and the club had come to a swift and suitable agreement with Turnbull’s current employers Motherwell. The Lanarkshire club confirmed they had accepted only one bid, Celtic’s.
It looked like the club were set to secure last season’s Young Player of the Year as they entered negotiations with the player and his representatives.
However, on Friday night the club issued a statement via the official club twitter in which the club had confirmed that ‘a magnificent offer’ was made to the player, however, the club and the player’s representatives are yet to come to an agreement.
The statement from a club who usually does its business behind closed doors surprised fans, who for the most part appear to support the decision to avoid giving into agents.
While anyone who has watched Turnbull play will admit he is a fantastic player, a club the size of Celtic should not be held to ransom and be forced to ruin a wage structure which they have strived under.
Despite the deal not yet being completely dead, the way the club has handled the situation is encouraging for Celtic fans.
Especially the willingness to offer acceptable terms to the selling club and how quickly it was done, something which has been a stumbling block in the past.
The club has continued to show strength and avoided looking desperate in direct negotiations with the player as they hold their ground. All of which are signs of encouragement for fans in the early days of this ever so important transfer window.
While Turnbull’s future remains unclear, Celtic are believed to be waiting for the outcome of the negotiations to decide whether or not to move on to out-of-contract West Brom midfielder Rekeem Harper.