Stuart McCall reckons that returning Motherwell ace David Turnbull may be better served staying at Fir Park for the foreseeable future, despite coming agonisingly close to moving to Celtic last summer.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who made his long awaited comeback for the Steelmen last night, was set to be Neil Lennon’s first Hoops signing of the summer window before an issue was detected during a routine medical.
Turnbull was forced to have surgery and spend a considerable time on the sideline.
But now, as he returns to action, so will the chat about him potentially moving to Glasgow.
Bradford City boss McCall, however, has urged caution for the youngster, suggesting that he should get as many minutes under his belt in Lanarkshire as possible.
“First and foremost, I want to see David Turnbull back playing games, getting back to his best and improving,” the former Rangers manager and player told the Daily Record.
“I’m sure his mind was messed up at the time [of the Celtic move], but life tests you.
“He’s got terrific ability and I think he’s got the right mindset. He’s a real switched on kid and, from Motherwell’s point of view, they’ll want to try and keep him.
“Do you want to leave and go to a club where you might be a squaddie or you might get sent out on loan because you want to get a few more grand?
“I think it’s an important part of your development – not going to clubs just for the sake of it to say I’ve joined this club or that club, and sitting on the bench or playing in the under-21s.”
Would Turnbull get a chance at Celtic?
It’s hard to judge whether Turnbull would get regular game time at Celtic Park or not.
If he was playing at his top level, like in the second half of last season, then you’d fancy him to get more than a few opportunities given how many games we play.
Since his move broke down, we’ve only really signed Ismaila Soro and Luca Connell in his position – with the latter still yet to make his first-team debut.
Olivier Ntcham has emerged as a stand-out performer but he’s arguably seen as more of an attacking midfielder now, with Scott Brown and Callum McGregor our first-choice centre-mids.
Turnbull can play in either of the above positions although he arguably prefers to play as an attacker – a position he would have to fight off the likes of Ryan Christie, Tom Rogic and Ntcham for game time.
Do we really need him? The answer is probably no at this stage.
But if he gets back to his optimum level, scoring goals for fun again, it’s gonna be pretty hard not to take notice.