Celtic summer target David Turnbull will require further surgery in order to fully recover from his knee injury.

Turnbull missed three quarters of a year of football due to a serious knee injury that required surgery in the summer. It was this problem that closed the curtain on any move to Celtic too.

Since then, the Motherwell man has managed to get through his rehab and get back out on the pitch. Turnbull has managed to make two appearances this season as he slowly gets to grips with first-team football once again.

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David Turnbull celebrates

David Turnbull celebrates (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

However, Scottish football has since been in lockdown due to the recent global health crisis. Therefore, speaking in the Daily Record, Motherwell’s Chief Executive Alan Burrows explained why now is a good time to get Turnbull up to speed.

“David had two steel pins inserted when he had knee surgery last year. It was always going to require a minor operation to take them out.

“With no games scheduled for the foreseeable future, he’s gone under the knife now. It will take him three or four weeks to recover.

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“If we’d waited until May, that could have impacted on his pre-season training. Now it won’t.”

Celtic signing Turnbull this summer looks more unlikely

When Turnbull signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with Motherwell in January, it gave us a chance to see how he would fare between now and the end of the season.

However, the current health crisis has robbed us of that opportunity. Burrows has stated that it will take three or four weeks for him to recover. Whilst that will mean that Turnbull is likely to return before the football starts up again, it will be interesting to see how this sets him back in terms of fitness.

It could be the case that the Scottish Premiership tries to cram all the games into a short May-June period if possible. But that seems optimistic.

Turnbull in action for Motherwell

Turnbull in action for Motherwell (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Therefore, Celtic shouldn’t really be touching Turnbull just now until we see how he recovers. If we don’t get the chance to do that between now and the summer, then he’ll have effectively missed a full year of football outside of two substitute appearances.

If Motherwell are wanting big money for him, and they will, then it’s not something we should be throwing around carelessly. Last summer, Motherwell wanted £3.25m for his services (Scottish Sun). Should we really be paying another £3m on a player who may not be the same when he returns?

It’s a positive step and the right one for Motherwell to get Turnbull’s surgeries completed. However, for Celtic, this is starting to look like a deal we should forget about for the time being.

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