Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson has been speaking about Celtic linked midfielder David Turnbull in press this week.
The youngster very nearly became Neil Lennon’s first signing of his second stint as Hoops boss in the summer.
Celtic had agreed a £3million fee for the 20-year-old (BBC), and looked set to sign him before a problem was picked up in a routine medical.
We pulled out of the deal and Turnbull hasn’t started a match of football since.
And, judging by Robinson’s fresh comments, he’s still a bit away from doing so – despite making two substitute appearances in recent weeks.
When asked how close Turnbull is to starting games, Robinson told the Daily Record: “He’s still a wee bit away at the moment.”
The Northern Irishman also commented on the player’s new contract, saying: “We’re delighted to have a player of that quality committing to Motherwell but I still believe there will be a lot of interest in David.
“There is no doubt about that when you have this kind of talent on your hands.”
Turnbull will only play a handful of games this season
Given the nature of his failed move to us, you feel that the ‘Turnbull to Celtic’ rumours are going to fly the minute the youngster gets back playing again.
But Celtic would be foolish to make their move for him this summer, going by Robinson’s comments.
Turnbull’s side have a maximum of eight games left this season, so he simply won’t have enough time to prove if he can get back to his best level.
This season has been a complete write-off for him and, while Celtic should always keep an eye on how he’s doing, it would be daft to make a move this early.
Robinson’s comments on expecting more interest in Turnbull are hardly surprising, but time will tell if he can get back to the elite level he was playing at prior to his failed move and injury.
It’s one to keep your eye out on over the next wee while Celtic. But don’t move yet.