Jackie McNamara suggests that Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull is desperate to seal his “dream” move to Celtic as the Hoops look at reigniting the failed move from summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Bhoys and Scotland defender says it will have been difficult for the 20-year-old to see his proposed switch collapse at the last minute, an injury problem not only stopping him swapping clubs but forcing him to have surgery.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Hoops are looking to return to sign the attacking midfielder in January if he can prove his fitness after his setback, with the same £3m-plus deal on the cards.

McNamara says that it is no surprise to see the Bhoys returning to seal his capture and that the player himself will have been waiting to seal what he believes is a dream move for the Motherwell man.

McNamara told Football Insider: “He’s had his operation, he’ll want to get back fit, first and foremost, back playing before he thinks about moving.

“It was a dream move in the summer that they’ll want to try and resurrect but I think they’ll also need to make sure he’s right first and get back playing.

“He’s a good player, he had a good first season, promising talent. It was disappointing he didn’t get his move but he’ll be keen to get it done.”

Turnbull scored 15 goals across all competitions last season after breaking into Motherwell’s first-team, with six of those strikes coming in his final five games.

However, he failed to score against either Celtic or Rangers in his four appearances against the Glasgow giants last season.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider can reveal that the club are hoping to wrap up a £30,000-a-week deal by the end of 2019.