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Kennedy believes Celtic can attract great players

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The team’s assistant manager believes his team won’t “lose any sleep” over missing out on capturing the services of David Turnbull.

Celtic was close to signing 19-year-old midfielder David Turnbull.

The player was selected Scotland’s Young Player of the Year.

And he had talked with the Scottish champions, but recently-promoted Norwich City have matched the proposal and the youngster might go and play in the English Premier League.

But according to assistant manager John Kennedy, his team can still attract great players.

“I definitely believe we can attract the calibre of signings we need,” said Kennedy to The Scotsman.

“Everyone knows who Celtic is and we can’t compete with the big money in England, but we can compete with other European clubs.”

“It’s also not just about talent – players coming here need to have the right mindset,” he added.

“We were obviously interested in David, whom we rate very highly.”

“He’s done very well at Motherwell and everything had been agreed between the clubs,” the assistant said.

“It all came down to a difference between the player’s representative and the club because the offer we made him was fair – it was extremely good, actually, for a player at that stage of his career.”

Kennedy concluded: “What we want is for players to be hungry and we also want them to come here for the right reasons, not just financially, and for a 19-year-old with less than a full season for Motherwell under his belt, the offer we made was very good.”

“The reality is that, if players come here and do well, then they’ll be amply rewarded as the years progress.”