By Pete O’Rourke
Celtic are ready to offer Anthony Ralston and other rising stars to Motherwell as part of the £3million deal to sign David Turnbull to Parkhead, Football Insider understands.
Football Insider revealed earlier today that Turnbull is close to joining Celtic and ready to undergo a medical after agreeing the terms of a five-year contract.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that a fee has already been agreed between the two Scottish clubs but a Hoops youngster could go the other way to sweeten the deal.
Motherwell would be keen to take some of Celtic’s fringe players on loan and right-back Ralston is thought to be among the options for Motherwell.
The 20-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Celtic side after breaking into the first-team picture three seasons ago, making just five appearances last term.
Scotland Under-21 international Ralston found himself down the pecking order with the likes of Mikael Lustig, Jeremy Toljan and Cristian Gamboa all ahead of him for the right-back spot.
Toljan and Gamboa have left Celtic already this summer, and they are set to be followed by the exit door by Mikael Lustig.
However, the treble winners are actively looking for right-back reinforcements, having already bid for Sheffield United’s George Baldock and any new arrivals could block Ralston’s path to the first-team.
Celtic would consider loaning out Ralston if they feel they have enough cover at right-back next season and Motherwell could offer him the opportunity to get valuable first-team experience under his belt.
In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club are convinced they’ve signed a “diamond” whose value will skyrocket next season.