Celtic will reignite their transfer hunt for Motherwell’s David Turnbull in January after seeing a summer move fall through, according to Jackie McNamara.

The former Hoops and Scotland ace, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that Neil Lennon’s side will likely return to snap up the attacking midfielder, 19, in the next transfer window after coming so close to his capture.

Motherwell revealed on Thursday that the proposed move to Celtic, which had seen a fee agreed between the two clubs, had fallen through as a result of an issue raised during his medical tests which require the player to undergo surgery.

With the Premiership side confirming Turnbull would be out for an “extended period”, McNamara insisted the priority is ensuring the player returns to full fitness as he expects Celtic to return for his capture in the winter window.

Asked by Football Insider if Celtic would come back for the teenager in January, the former Hoop said: “They probably will, yeah. All being well with his recovery, I don’t see why not. 

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“I think they would have done it just now (if there were any agreements in place). They’ll go back and look at it again. That’s why you have medicals, to pick up these little things. The boy looks a good talent, for himself the most important thing is he gets himself fixed with a good rehab, however long it takes.”

Turnbull, 19, enjoyed a hugely fruitful breakthrough campaign in the Scottish top flight, netting 15 goals and chipping in with a further six assists in his 31 appearances across all competitions.

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