David Turnbull is expected to complete a dream move to Celtic in the next 24 hours. The Daily Record report that the Motherwell teenage sensation will hold signing talks at Celtic Park imminently and put pen to paper on a five-year deal.
Celtic had an offer, believed to be £3million, accepted by the Fir Park club yesterday. The Times report that the Hoops will give Motherwell an extra £250,000 should Turnbull meet some “very achievable” targets. A future sell-on fee is also believed to have been agreed.
Signing the hot prospect on a lengthy deal shows that the club rate him very highly. Turnbull only made his Motherwell breakthrough at the tail end of 2018 but has since gone on to become their most valuable player.
The midfielder netted 15 goals in 28 starts for the Fir Park side including the winner against both Hibernian and Hearts. He also netted in Well’s 3-0 success over Aberdeen and grabbed braces against Livingston, Dundee and Hamilton.
He finished the season as the league’s joint third top scorer alongside Odsonne Edouard. He also grabbed four assists.
The Celtic hierarchy have clearly seen enough to offer him such a lengthy deal. It make sense too. Turnbull won’t be on a great deal of money having come from a provincial club so there’s not too much to lose from offering him an extended contract.
If he goes on to become a superstar then the club can demand top dollar knowing that he’ll be well tied down. The club have shown faith in the youngster by paying top money for him. Hopefully he can repay them in the coming years.