Former Celtic target David Turnbull making good progress

By Hamish Carton

September 4, 2019

Summer Celtic target David Turnbull is “off his crutches” as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

A bizarre discovery during a Celtic medical scuppered the 20-year-old’s chances of a move to Glasgow back in June. The Scottish Sun later reported that Turnbull was set to miss the rest of 2019 with the injury that could have ended his career if not dealt with properly.

But now it appears that the youngster may be slightly ahead of schedule as his team mate Declan Gallagher gave the Motherwell Times an update on his current condition.

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“He’s working hard to get back and obviously it’s a big boost for the boys just to see him walking about and off his crutches,” Gallagher said.

“So if we can get him back it’s massive for us.

“He is a great player, there’s no doubt about that.

“You don’t get a price tag of £3 million and go to Celtic if you’re not.”

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Will Celtic move for Turnbull in January?

It’s hard to know whether the club will swoop again for the exciting youngster when the window re-opens in 2020. For all of the signings we made this summer, only Luca Connell shares Turnbull’s position, and even then the Irishman is likely to play in a deeper role.

When Celtic officially announced that the Turnbull deal was off, they released an interesting statement:

‘It is unfortunate that we were not able to proceed with the transfer of David to Celtic, having agreed a significant fee with Motherwell and reaching agreement with the player.

‘It is regrettable that David will be out of action for a considerable length of time and, clearly, these circumstances are totally outwith the club’s control. We did everything we could to find a solution.

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‘We would like to thank David and his representatives for the professionalism they have shown throughout. We also thank Motherwell FC for the way they have handled this process.’

While the statement actually said very little, you did just get an inkling that things hadn’t come to an end yet.

Neil Lennon is a huge fan of Turnbull and the player was certainly keen to move to Celtic. None of those factors will have changed in January so what’s stopping the move? Quite simply, Turnbull’s fitness.

Let’s see if the exciting youngster can get back doing what he’s good at over the next few months or so. If he can do that then we may well see him in a Celtic shirt, not for the first time.