David Turnbull chose Celtic over Norwich for footballing reasons and not cash, his new Parkhead boss Neil Lennon insists.

The 19-year-old Motherwell ace has finally put an end to the on-off transfer saga by agreeing a move to Celtic Park and will be unveiled once he completes a medical.

Celtic's pursuit of the Scottish Football Writers' Association Young Player of the Year has featured many twists and turns.

It looked like the Scotland Under-21 playmaker was set to make his move to Glasgow last week after the Hoops struck a £3.25million deal with Well chiefs, only for talks with Turnbull and his representatives to break down.

The Hoops then released a statement insisting they had made Turnbull a "magnificent offer" but were ready to "move on" to other targets unless the teenager had a change of heart.

With Parkhead chiefs then backing away from the deal, Turnbull flew south to meet with Canaries boss Daniel Farke after the Premier League new boys matched the package on offer from Celtic.

But the player, who scored 15 goals in his breakthrough campaign last year, has ultimately decided his future lies in a green and white jersey.

Lennon - who hopes to have further new arrivals on board by the time his team fly out for their pre-season training camp on Monday - shrugged off suggestions the dramatic chase had been frustrating.

"These things take time and some deals are quicker than others," he said.

"David had options which he was quite right to pursue but thankfully he's chosen us over Premier League clubs, which is quite a coup for us.

"We're absolutely delighted to get this one over the line. I spoke to him on a number of occasions by phone, although today was the first time I got to meet him. We spoke maybe three or four times over the summer break. Whether that had any influence you'd have to ask David.

"But we know he spoke to Norwich and the decision came after that, which is fantastic for us.

"He's chosen us over Norwich for footballing reasons, not financial. Trust me on that. That augurs well for the lad going forward.

"I think he sees Celtic as a great pathway for him to progress in his career and I would echo those sentiments.
"He's a player we've admired for a while. He had a great season last year - a breakthrough season. He's a very good Scottish talent that we want to nurture and bring on. Hopefully he'll thrive in this environment."