Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull has opened up on the saga that dominated the Celtic summer transfer window in 2019, sharing that he had even gone into training at Lennoxtown before finding out the seriousness of his knee injury.
In a brilliant new documentary posted by the Scottish Premiership club to YouTube that details his comeback from the heartbreaking injury and failure of a record transfer, Turnbull goes in-depth about negotiations with Celtic and Norwich.
Ultimately he chose to make the switch to Celtic Park, signing subject to a medical.
That would take place in Manchester because of a broken scanner at Ross Hall, with Turnbull then going into Lennoxtown on the Saturday for light training and a meeting with Neil Lennon and a Hoops physio.
Speaking on Motherwell’s official YouTube channel (4:49), the midfielder said: “Came back up that night from the medical, texted Neil Lennon who said to come in and do a wee bit of training tomorrow, a bit of light circuit and moving.
“So I went into Lennoxtown on the Saturday, got my new boots and my new trainers, looking forward to training.
“Then I went into a meeting with Lennon and spoke to the Physio after my medical and he said something had come up in my left knee but they didn’t think it would be much to worry about. Obviously, it was.”
Turnbull then details that he was in the airport to go to Belgium and see a specialist with a Celtic physio when he heard he would need an operation.
It’s a very interesting watch and I’d recommend checking out the full interview to get the entire story from the player himself, who is honest and reflective with his comments.
His failed move was very unfortunate but nobody can hold any blame in the situation with the player apparently keen to sign for the Hoops and Celtic doing their due diligence on his fitness.
Turnbull has managed to recover from the knee issue and return to action with Motherwell this season, coming off the bench against St Mirren late last month.
His focus will now be on getting back up to full fitness and once again impressing in the Scottish Premiership.
After that, who knows what the future holds? Could we see Celtic make another move for the player?