Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has confirmed that David Turnbull’s ability won’t desert him, and that he’ll get back to his old self.
A deal for Celtic to take Turnbull fell at the last hurdle after the midfielder failed a medical. It turned out that the youngster had a knee issue that was flagged up, and he could reportedly be out or as long as six months (Scottish Sun).
Effectively, that will cool the club’s interest in the midfielder for now. But it could be the case that the Hoops come back in for him at a later stage should he get back to where he was at.
And, in a positive message from Motherwell manager Robinson, he stated that he’s been assured that Turnbull will get back to the level he was operating at last season. Speaking in the Daily Record, Robinson had this to say.
“We can only imagine how David felt when he found out it wasn’t happening (a move to Celtic), especially for a boy who’s never had an injury before. Handling that, mentally, must have been really tough.
“We decided that we would get David right again and we have been reassured that he will be. The hard bit for him is to psychologically get back to where he was.
“But David’s got an inner confidence in himself, he’s got a real belief in his own ability. I think he’ll come back a better player, because he’ll be able to get stronger.”
Turnbull’s ability should be reassessed by Celtic next summer
At the end of the day, Turnbull has a long road ahead of him until he becomes the player he was last season. Just his recovery from injury alone will be a tough slog. But, should he come back from it and perform to the standard he did last year, he has incredible all-round ability for such a youngster.
Celtic were right to pull the plug on the deal for now. Spending anywhere close to £3million for a player who will be out for six months isn’t on. Nobody can criticise the decision the club made in that regard.
But, as well as that, there’s nothing to stop Celtic from having another look at Turnbull next summer. The first half of the upcoming season looks like a write-off for him. But a positive second-half of the campaign could do his future a power of good.
It’s the first real set-back Turnbull has had in his footballing career. How he reacts to it will tell us a lot more about his character than we could ever have learned.
Sure, we may risk other interested parties coming in for Turnbull, but it’s a risk worth taking. Signing him this summer would’ve been too much of a gamble with such a long-term issue plaguing him.
But let’s see where we are 12 months down the line with this one. It’s fair to say that Neil Lennon and many Celtic fans will be keeping an eye on Turnbull’s progress this year.