The incredible David Turnbull transfer saga has taken another twist with the news that the 19-year-old won’t be signing for Celtic.

Motherwell broke the news that the 15-goal teenager will be staying at Fir Park after an issue was discovered during his Celtic medical. The Lanarkshire club say that the Hoops offered revised transfer terms which they couldn’t agree to.

As a result, the deal is off and the teenager will remain a ‘Well player.

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Celtic should sign Turnbull in January

It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly a week since Turnbull was paraded around Celtic Park and pictured in the new home kit. The topsy-turvy deal looked close to completion at that point and it just goes to show how long a week is in football.

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If Turnbull does have a serious injury risk then the club are right not to part with the cash. The 19-year-old is expected to go for around £3million when he eventually moves, and that’s a lot of money for Celtic. At the very least, we’d be looking for a player who’s fully fit.

What Celtic could perhaps have done is agreed a future fee for either January or next summer. That would have kept us in pole position for the exciting midfielder while also giving us the security over his injury.


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The deal could have stipulated that Motherwell would be obliged to sell him presuming he passes a fitness test. They’d still be assured the money and we’d still be assured the player.

The only downside is that we’d have to do without him for the immediate future. However, the nature of Turnbull’s injury and operation means he’ll face a bit of time on the sideline anyway.

The club are pretty blameless when it comes to the Turnbull deal. We paid the money and convinced the player. It would just be nice to see a future plan that could still see him come to the club.

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