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.

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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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