Celtic reportedly tracking Motherwell ace Liam Donnelly

By Connor Gordon

January 21, 2020

Celtic are looking to sign Motherwell star Liam Donnelly according to latest reports.

Belfast Live say the Hoops are monitoring the Irishman with a view to signing him this month.

The Donnelly news comes several months after a failed move for his teammate David Turnbull. Have the Celts changed their mind on the Motherwell man they want at the club?

Celtic are surprise suitors for Liam Donnelly

The Dungannon lad is having a good first half of the season for the Steelmen.

Liam Donnelly of Motherwell is being linked with a Celtic move. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Donnelly has nine goals and two assists in 20 appearances this season in all competitions. This is a fantastic return for a midfielder in the league with a team over-performing in this campaign.

Belfast Live claim fellow Irishman Neil Lennon wants Donnelly in before the end of the current window.

However, they also say other clubs are keeping an eye on Donnelly’s situation – so the Hoops must be quick.

Donnelly played youth football with Dungannon before making the move down south to the lower leagues.

Liam Donnelly is a product of Fulham’s youth system. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He joined Motherwell in 2018 after a stint with Hartlepool from Fulham’s youth system.

If the move to the Scottish champions comes to fruition, then it opens up a can of worms in more ways than one.

Why are Hoops pursuing Well man this season?

A transfer for Donnelly almost kills any potential move for Turnbull. He failed his medical in the summer after agreeing everything with the Celts.

Turnbull is in his final stage of recovery and perhaps a Celtic move would be in the offing next summer.

Will Olivier Ntcham make way for Liam Donnelly at Celtic? (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

However, if Donnelly arrives before him, Turnbull won’t be of any use for The Bhoys.

They are similar players in almost identical positions and Turnbull is arguably a cheaper option too.

If one of them comes in, it may also mean a midfielder dropping out either late in this window or the summer.

Will this be the end for Olivier Ntcham, Callum McGregor or, more shockingly, Scott Brown? The move for Donnelly doesn’t really make sense otherwise.