Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull was agonisingly close to joining Celtic in the summer.
All the press and pictures inside the ground had been done – he was all but a Celtic player. Unfortunately, his medical threw up a surprise complication which is keeping him out until the new year.
Will the Hoops stump up the cash for the 20-year-old or will Neil Lennon leave him by the wayside?
Benefits of bringing David Turnbull to Celtic
Everyone knows of the Scotland youth international’s talents.
Turnbull’s fantastic breakthrough season put him in the eyes of Lennon who wanted to sign him.
Celtic tried to make him their player even still, but Motherwell weren’t having it on the Hoops’ terms.
Turnbull would bring a whole host of strengths including his excellent engine and ability to pop up with a goal.
Turnbull possesses that footballing instinct that perhaps some of the Hoops players lack.
His lung-busting runs are akin to Stuart Armstrong, and The Bhoys have been crying out for a player of his calibre.
The struggles the Motherwell star faces with Hoops move
As has been stated many times before, Celtic are awash with many central midfielders in all areas. Top talents such as Olivier Ntcham are dealing with time on the bench.
It’s a good headache to have for Lennon, but to add another makes no logical sense, yet.
If a transfer is in the pipeline, then that player will need to be replaced which is where Turnbull could fit in.
Nevertheless, the boy will not have played a game of football in well over half a year by the time he can kick a ball again.
Perhaps Celtic will look at cutting their losses and move on to other targets. The lad clearly has talent but unforeseen complications get in the way sometimes – that’s football.