Stephen Robinson provides update on ex-Celtic target David Turnbull

By David Walton

December 13, 2019

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has given us all an update on David Turnbull’s return.

Turnbull was close to signing for Celtic in the summer before ultimately failing a medical (BBC). Since then, the box-to-box midfielder has been sidelined with a knee injury that’s kept him out of action all season.

There have been no reports of a potential further offer from Celtic in January. However, many supporters’ eyes will be on when he returns to action. There’s no denying that there remains an interest in how he recovers if you’re from a Celtic persuasion.

David Turnbull hasn’t featured all season (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Motherwell gaffer Robinson has provided an update on his condition too. Speaking in the Daily Record, here’s what he had to say:

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“I had a joke with David during the week, he said he won’t get back in the team. Listen, the quality that David has got, to have him available for selection again to add to what we have already got, would be tremendous.

“But we have to be careful, there’s no timelines. The importance is the long-term impact on his career. We have to make sure he’s 100 per cent right.

“Everything is going great at the moment and it will be a massive bonus when he is back.”

Celtic must wait to see how Turnbull recovers

There will always be a temptation for some for the club to delve back in for him in January. It seems like the perfect time to do so if he’s just returning from injury too.

Turnbull hasn’t played since May 18th (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

However, the truth is we really need to wait and see how he recovers before we put a firm offer in. Motherwell stated when the deal collapsed that they had rejected a revised offer from Celtic after we found out he had medical issues.

What that suggests is that the Steelmen won’t accept any decreased offer his services. If the original reported fee of £3.25m (BBC) is what they’re after, then we shouldn’t entertain going back in for him anytime soon.

For a player who would’ve been out for so long, it would be far too much money to pay. It’s more sensible for the club if we wait and see how high a level he’s capable of performing at before we revisit things.

Steve Robinson is a huge fan of Turnbull (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s a huge plus to see him potentially returning at some stage soon. Clearly, he’s one to keep an eye on as we head into the second half of the season.

But any notion that we should return for him should, temporarily, be shelved.