By Alan Hutton

10th Jun, 2020 | 7:27pm

Exclusive: Celtic tipped to hold fire on signing 'Excellent' £3.2m ace until pre-season

Alan Hutton claims that Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull will be “desperate” for Celtic to reignite their interest – but the claim will assess him in pre-season before launching a new move.

The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the Scotland under-21 star will be doing all he can to prove to the Hoops after his “double blow” last summer.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Hoops are plotting a new, cut-price bid for the 20-year-old after seeing a £3.25million move to Parkhead collapse at the final hurdle last year.

Turnbull scored 15 goals and contributed six assists for Motherwell during the 2018/19 campaign, which led to Celtic being on the brink of his signing.

However, the midfielder’s medical uncovered a knee problem which required surgery, meaning he remained with Motherwell and missed the majority of the 2019/20 season.

Hutton admits he was gutted for Turnbull and suggests he will have to prove his fitness to Celtic before they green light a second move for him.

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Hutton told Football Insider: “I really felt for him – I thought he had a great season at Motherwell and then to get his dream move – he mentioned it was his dream move – to fail on the medical – it’s a double blow.

“You’ve done really well, got a dream move and then it collapses and you’re out for the season – it’s difficult to take just one, never mind missing out on the move.

“He’s gone away, got it fixed and fingers crossed it’s okay but there will obviously be that side at Celtic that will need to watch with the risk that’s involved with a serious injury. 

“They’ll want to make sure he can do pre-season, play games and then maybe they’ll come back in for him. Hopefully, he can get back to that form he had with Motherwell because I thought he was excellent. 

“He’ll have a point to prove, we know he’s a good player, he’ll want to get back fit and show to everybody his ability. Of course he’ll want that move again, for him to get that he has to get back to that level and he’ll be desperate to do so.” 

In other Celtic news, Lennon has told friends first-team mainstay won’t play for the club again.