Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has lauded former Celtic transfer target David Turnbull for his decision to extend a contract at Motherwell, writing in his weekly Scottish Sun column over the weekend.

Turnbull came very close to being unveiled as a new Hoops signing last summer after agreeing on terms with the club, undergoing a medical and even taking part in training at Lennoxtown.

With a knee issue uncovered that would require surgery and extensive rehabilitation, Turnbull had only just returned to the Motherwell team prior to the league shutting down, making two substitute appearances.


However, his recovery had progressed enough for him to sign a new one-year extension to his deal at the Steelmen, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2022.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “A touch of class from David Turnbull, who’s just extended his Motherwell contract.

“Fit again after an eight-month injury absence, the midfielder could have made a killing by running down his contract.

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“Instead, Turnbull has ensured Well will get top dollar for him saying, ‘I feel as if I owe the club and the supporters for the way I have been looked after.’ Respect.”

The player’s action has ensured he’s effectively in the same situation as he was prior to his injury, allowed his club to perhaps command a similar transfer fee to what the Hoops agreed to last summer.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon wanted to sign Turnbull last year / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

However, the postponement of matches will not aid his recovery and it’s possible any interested clubs were waiting to see what he could do on a regular basis in competitive action before committing to a transfer this summer.

It’ll be interesting to see how his situation plays out now and whether the Bhoys still feel he has the potential to make a long-term impact at Celtic Park.

Is there any room for him at the club following the signing of Ismaila Soro?

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