Summer Celtic transfer target David Turnbull has provided an update on the injury issue that ruined his move to Neil Lennon’s Celtic, speaking to Motherwell club media.
The midfielder was incredibly close to joining up at the Hoops between seasons, going so far as having a medical done after we agreed on a fee with the Steelmen for his signature.
After a protracted saga, Celtic eventually released a statement explaining that they were pulling out of the deal after failing to renegotiate terms with Motherwell following the discovery of an injury issue that was picked up by his pre-signing tests.
Since then not much has been said by any of the parties regarding his progress, but the player himself has now vowed to make a return as soon as he is able, also giving an insight into a difficult period for him personally.
Speaking on Motherwell’s Twitter account, Turnbull said: “It’s been a long four or five months.
“I was on crutches for six to eight weeks and then after that, I was at the gym building strength to get my leg back the way it was. You don’t know how long it will be or what else will happen, it’s just good to be off the crutches. It’s been all positive.
“It’s good seeing the boys every day, they keep my spirits up. I’ve been to most games home and away but sometimes it’s tough wishing you were out there, but I know my time will come.”
Still worth a move?
Celtic and Lennon are clearly fans of the player, or a move wouldn’t have been taken so far down the road, so it’s natural to suggest that we might come back in for him when he returns to playing action.
However, it’d be prudent not to rush in too blindly. It’ll be very interesting to see how he gets on over an extended period if he returns in the second half of this season.
His form last season for ‘Well was stunning. He scored 15 times and assisted six more from midfield in 30 appearances (Transfermarkt), which is an outstanding return for team outwith Celtic and Rangers.
If he can recapture that kind of form, or even shows glimpses of it, then we should be at the front of the queue when it comes to his signature.
Although we already have stellar midfield options, securing the future of a talent such as the Motherwell 20-year-old would be a great move, in my eyes.