Celtic have agreed a fee with Motherwell for teenager David Turnbull. The Lanarkshire club confirmed on Wednesday night that an agreement had been reached with the Scottish champions.

They say the fee will “vastly exceed” the £1.7million Celtic spent for Phil O’Donnell back in 1994.


Motherwell were understood to value the midfielder at around £3million and recently rejected bids from Celtic and Barnsley.

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Answered some critics

Hoops fans will be delighted with the news that a fee has been agreed. There were real fears that the club would repeat the mistakes of last year when they failed to land John McGinn following weeks of protracted negotiations with Hibernian.

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Agreeing a fee for Turnbull shows two things. It shows that the board have learned their lessons from last season. It also shows that we mean business this summer.

Celtic’s squad is in dire need of some new recruits and Turnbull is exactly the kind of man who can freshen things up at the club.

A top talent

If we do seal a deal for the Scotland youth international then we’ll have a top player on our hands. At the age of 19, he netted 15 goals for bottom six ‘Well from midfield last season. That’s a terrific tally and one that should translate well to a team that plays a more attacking brand of football.

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Turnbull was described as a “once in a couple of generations talent” by Motherwell chief executive. It may soon be time to find out what all the hype is about.

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