Alan Hutton has backed Motherwell star David Turnbull to fill the void set to be left by Tom Rogic’s departure from Celtic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland full-back claims that letting the 27-year-old go for a decent fee and replacing him with the 21-year-old is “good business”.
This site has since revealed that a deal for the Motherwell talent is all but done and terms are agreed as he undergoes extensive medical tests before it is signed off.
Hutton believes Celtic will be reluctant to let Rogic leave Parkhead but believes that Turnbull could be a superb replacement for the Aussie ace.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Overall he’s a fantastic player. I think Celtic won’t really want to lose him but if they’re going to get a decent fee for him, they’re bringing Turnbull in, a young player who’s the same and I think could have the same abilities as him moving forward, growing into a good team.
“Maybe losing one and gaining one. Lennon might look him and think he’s on the fringes of the first team so he’s probably not going to play too much so to get a fringe player off the books, wages off the books and bring in money is an absolutely ideal situation.
“You can then go and use it on someone he does want, someone in the squad that’s going to be in his plans. A good bit of business.”
Rogic is yet to feature for Neil Lennon this season and he made just 22 appearances last term after recovering from a knee injury which kept him out at the start of the campaign.
Turnbull meanwhile played just twice last season after his medical with Celtic unearthed a knee problem which required surgery and scuppered his move to Parkhead.
In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the Bhoys have held fresh talks over a Premier League signing.