The next Turnbull? - 3 Scottish Premiership talents that Celtic should be taking seriously

By Sean Clifford

March 22, 2021

Celtic will need to scour every available avenue as they look to replenish the squad going into next season. In the maze of transfer activity every window, Celtic sometimes forget there is a plethora of readily available domestic talents on their doorstep.

Looking ahead to 2021/22, the Celts may look to the Scottish market to bring affordable first-team regulars to Parkhead. Here, we look at three players from the Scottish Premiership who could improve the quality within the Celtic side.

Josh Doig

Josh Doig has been linked with Celtic / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Doig is a familiar face to the Parkhead support, after being linked with the Hoops in January [Sky Sports]. Celtic will potentially need of a left-back in the summer with Diego Laxalt expected to depart the club. The 18-year-old would be an intelligent replacement, due to the attacking impetus and overlaps he provides from full-back positions.

Offensive by nature, the Scot has turned in one goal and four assists in 24 Scottish Premiership appearances this campaign [Transfermarkt]. Under the right coaching set-up, his forward runs would give the Celts an alternative attacking outlet they have struggled to find since Kieran Tierney’s departure.

Additionally, the youngster is competent defensively, averaging an impressive 1.7 successful challenges per 90 minutes [WhoScored]. Possessing a unique blend of qualities, he will develop into an excellent left-back with more first-team exposure. Doig should really be considered a no-brainer signing within the Celtic rebuild should the opportunity arise.

 Allan Campbell

(Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

From a financial standpoint, Allan Campbell may be seen as the most attractive player on this list. His contract is set to expire in May 2021, which means the Celts are free to approach the Motherwell man if they wish [Transfermarkt].

Primarily a box-to-box midfielder, his energy and determination would add another dimension to the Celtic midfield. Competent in possession, the Scotland Under-21 international has achieved a respectable pass rate of 78.4% this season [WhoScored]. He has also registered 4 goals from 30 appearances in the Scottish Premiership thus far [Transfermarkt], including an astounding chipped goal against Celtic in February.

During that game at Celtic Park he was easily the Steelmen’s top performer, matching up well against Callum McGregor.

Retaining room for development, Campbell could become a real asset for Celtic under the correct management. Reuniting him with former teammate David Turnbull could pay off.

Ali McCann

St Johnstone midfielder Ali McCann against Celtic (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Veering into left-field territory, one of the highest performers within Scotland’s top-flight this year has been St Johnstone midfielder Ali McCann. Ever-present for the Perth side this campaign, he has accumulated 31 Scottish Premiership appearances finding the net twice [Transfermarkt].

Catching the eye due to his ball retention and ability to break between the lines, he has experienced winning silverware with his club this season. Leading from the front, McCann played a crucial part in St Johnstone’s Betfred Cup winning run. He has also gained international recognition recently, featuring twice for Northern Ireland in 2020 [Transfermarkt].

Reportedly scouted by Celtic last November, the summer months may be the optimal time for any potential move to materialise.