Sections of the Celtic support in agreement with David Turnbull move
One of the transfer stories that could threaten to turn into a saga is Celtic’s reported pursuit of David Turnbull.
The Hoops were linked with a move for the SFWA Young Player of the Year on Friday by the Daily Mail. A £1.2million bid was rumoured to be what Celtic were considering.
Motherwell Chief Executive Alan Burrows was quick to state on Twitter that the club would be looking for no less than “significantly” more than their record transfer fee. That fee was £1.75m for the late Phil O’Donnell, who Celtic signed back in 1994.
Next up, it was reported by the Daily Record that Motherwell were looking for £3m after Celtic enquired about his availability. Nothing has been heard since, and this could drag out for some while yet. But, reacting to the news via Twitter, many Celtic fans have been urging the club to get a deal done.
So whos everyones must have signing for the coming season? 🍀 Turnbull for me needs to be signed quickly before a mcginn moment strikes again.
— Celtic Spares (@SparesCeltic) May 31, 2019
Don’t imagine Motherwell will blink at £1.2m for Turnbull – probably one of the best players in the league last season. Hopefully try to get it sorted quickly if the interest is serious enough.
— Kieran (@Kieran_Celtic) May 31, 2019
Scott brown stuart armstrong and ryan christie all came from other scottish teams. That boy Turnbull is a special talent hope we dnt miss out
— Notoriously Celtic🍀 (@TheNotoriousCSC) May 31, 2019
David turnbull is different gravy Don’t let this be another mcginn Celtic just pay the money
— Logan Hannah (@LoganHannah1888) May 31, 2019
I'd like to see David Turnbull in our squad next season. Some might say he is not ready but he looks a player and if he keeps progressing we won't be able to compete once the English come sniffing. HH pic.twitter.com/QFNbD8THHQ
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) May 29, 2019
First solid link of the transfer market , young writers player of the year David Turnbull, great for the well this year, banging in 16 goals in 34 for them a very strong physical player and only 19 years of age . Motherwell reportedly having a fee of around 2mill slapped on him. pic.twitter.com/ANWYTPwvA7
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— Brian Hogan CSC – Tipperary (@CscHogan) May 31, 2019
More than worth the asking price
Peter Lawwell and Celtic will likely look to get him for less than £3m. But at the end of the day, Turnbull has the full package, and has an incredibly bright future in the game.
Not too dissimilar to a young Stuart Armstrong, Turnbull is both a ball-winner and an attacking force. His energetic displays for Motherwell made the Steelmen tick. Playing alongside players such as Scott Brown and Callum McGregor could do wonders for his development.
£3m is perhaps a lot to pay for a young talent in Scotland, but this could be a solid investment. Turnbull also only recently signed a new long-term contract that ties him to Fir Park until 2021. This was likely to help drum up a good fee for Motherwell too.
A quick deal with everyone happy at the end of it would be the perfect scenario here. Centre-midfield isn’t a priority position this summer, so getting Turnbull done quickly would allow us to move our focus onto some more primary targets.
Then again, dithering about and simply revisiting this could see us pipped by other clubs who show more urgency to get a deal done *cough* McGinn *cough*.
The talent is there with Turnbull, and it’s clear many Celtic fans are up for this deal being finalised too. Hopefully, Lawwell’s eyes are also on a quick solution here.