Celtic have real competition for Motherwell star David Turnbull

By David Walton

June 2, 2019

Celtic’s bid to land David Turnbull is unlikely to go uncontested by rival clubs.

The youngster, who took the Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year award, has had a breakthrough campaign at Fir Park. Proving to be a dynamic, energetic, goalscoring presence from midfield, Turnbull has been Motherwell’s best player this season by far.

At times he’s been carrying Stephen Robinson’s men. And for a player just 19-years of age, that’s an incredible responsibility to have on your shoulders.

David Turnbull has had a stunning season at Motherwell (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the vultures could be circling around Turnbull. The Daily Record report that several Premier League sides such as Burnley, Brighton, and Southampton have all monitored him. They also claim that Swansea City are weighing up whether to make a move or not either.

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Championship outfit Bristol City have also reportedly enquired about Turnbull’s availability (Daily Record). Therefore, if Celtic are to make a move for him, it needs to be a serious one.

You can just see it now

A report from the Daily Mail at the end of last week stated that Celtic were “eyeing up” a £1.2million bid for the midfielder. Motherwell Chief Executive Alan Burrows was quick to dismiss that idea on social media. He claimed that the club would only consider selling for a record fee.

Motherwell want big money for Turnbull (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The highest fee Motherwell have ever received was £1.75m for Phil O’Donnell. Funnily enough, that also came from Celtic back in 1994.

So if Celtic want Turnbull, they have to start talking serious. You can see the comparisons to the John McGinn saga from last year. Celtic had a couple of offers rebuffed as they tried to get the midfielder on the cheap. Aston Villa then swooped in, took McGinn down south, and now he’s playing in the Premier League having been voted the club’s Player of the Year.

Given the talent that Motherwell’s Turnbull possesses, it wouldn’t surprise you if something similar happened here. The midfielder is a serious gem in Scottish football, and Celtic must give Motherwell the money they’re owed for him.

John McGinn continues to be a name that fills Celtic with regret (Tim Markland/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Of course, it’s down to the Hoops as to whether they feel he’s worth the reported £3m the Record says Motherwell want for him. But if Motherwell are refusing to budge and Celtic don’t want to pay, they need to quickly move on.

Turnbull is certainly one worth having at Parkhead. He could be a real sensation in Scotland over the coming years, and it would be a shame if Celtic let him slip through their grasp like McGinn.