Alan Hutton says that Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull will be “over the moon” as Celtic look to reignite their failed summer move for his capture in January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the 20-year-old will have been bitterly disappointed to see his proposed move to Parkhead fall through at the last moment, an injury requiring surgery scuppering the deal.
As revealed by Football Insider, Neil Lennon’s side are plotting to go back in for the Motherwell maestro in January if he has fully recovered from his injury setback, the Hoops ready to pay the same £3.25million fee they were in the summer.
Hutton says that the failed move coupled with the serious injury blow could have set Turnbull back quite significantly in terms of his confidence and believe but that he will be buzzing to see the Bhoys lining up a January transfer raid.
Hutton told Football Insider: “He did excellent, I can see why Celtic were in for him. It was just a shame for a young boy with what happened, going through the medical and failing it – it can be difficult. It can really harm you moving forward.
“He’s got the operation to get back fit and Celtic obviously see something in him they need. At the time he’d have been disappointed but Celtic are still there and wanting him so I’m sure he’ll be over the moon with that and just looking to go from strength to strength.
“You want to play at the highest level you can. As a player who’s broke through as a young boy, he’s done very well for a big team to come in and want you, really want you, not like they’ve moved on, they’ve come back in.
“That must give him a real good feeling. I presume it will happen at some point.”
Turnbull has scored 15 goals in his 34 first-team appearances for Motherwell, which included six strikes in the final five Premiership games of last season.
A versatile player who can operate in a number of positions in the middle of the park, Turnbull is also a Scottish under-21 international with two youth caps to his name so far.