Michael Stewart urges Celtic not to make a McGinn-style mistake with David Turnbull

By John McGinley

August 22, 2020

Pundit Michael Stewart has urged Celtic to make a move for David Turnbull this summer and not make a John McGinn-style mistake, writing in his regular Scottish Sun column.

The Bhoys famously tried to sign McGinn from Hibernian prior to his switch to Aston Villa, where he’s become a Premier League star and would now likely command a huge transfer fee.

Stewart believes that Turnbull is on a similar path and reckons that Celtic simply can’t miss out on a future Scottish midfield star again.

David Turnbull was close to joining Celtic last summer / (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the BBC Sportsound man said: “Celtic got their fingers burned badly when they messed up and missed out on John McGinn.

“Two years on, they can’t afford to make the same mistake with David Turnbull. The good news for Hoops fans is I don’t think they will this time around.

“Having seen him play against Hibs at Easter Road last weekend, I’m not a bit surprised.

“He looks to have come back just as good, if not better, than he was before. I just think Turnbull is a Rolls-Royce of a player. He is a class act in everything he does.”

Turnbull, as well as impressing against Hibs, also recently found himself on the scoresheet against Livingston.

The Motherwell number eight has also been named in their starting eleven for today’s Lanarkshire derby against Hamilton at Fir Park.

Finding consistent minutes and again becoming a stand-out at Scottish Premiership level, is time for Celtic to make their move for Turnbull again?

David Turnbull was close to joining Celtic last summer / (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As we know, he came incredibly close to signing for the club last summer so Neil Lennon is undoubtedly a fan.

Following reports we’ve been scouting him in the early stages of the 2020/21 season, no-one should be surprised if an official bid is on the horizon.

However, with the midfield area already packed with personnel, it’s hard to see where he might fit in at Celtic Park right now.

Perhaps a purchase then loan back to the Steelmen would be an option that suits everyone until next summer.

In other news, Ryan Christie has been left stunned by Jeremie Frimpong’s attitude and ability in Celtic training.