Celtic could look to swing David Turnbull deal by doing two things

By Hamish Carton

May 31, 2019

If Celtic are wanting to sign David Turnbull this summer then they’ll likely have to pay a hefty fee for the midfielder.

Motherwell are said to rate the 19-year-old at around £3million, according to the Daily Mail. With the player reportedly sought after by English Premier League Brighton, Celtic must look to move quickly and efficiently.

We can’t afford a similar saga to the one surrounding John McGinn last summer. Let’s take a look at how we could further tempt Motherwell with our offer.

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Loan back

Celtic could loan Turnbull back to the Fir Park side for the coming season. The 19-year-old clearly enjoys his football in Lanarkshire so it may make sense to seal a deal and then give him another season of playing time. This would suit Motherwell down to the ground as they’d have recouped a fee for the player and still have him on their books for another year.

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Turnbull does look like a special talent though, and one who could break into the Celtic first team immediately. Loaning out a player like that may be seen as bad business for the club especially if the midfielder could make a contribution now.

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Add a player

Celtic have a surplus of players at the club at the moment. We could look to add one of our unwanted men to the deal giving money to Motherwell as well as a player.

Obvious candidates for such a move would be Jack Hendry, Anthony Ralston or Youssouf Mulumbu. The latter could fill Turnbull’s boots at Fir Park quite nicely.

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Obviously, for such a deal to happen the outgoing man would have to agree to move to Motherwell. That may not be easy an easy convincer especially if the player is on good wages at Celtic.