Noel Whelan claims that Neil Lennon realises that he needs “more quality and more depth” in his squad as Celtic close in on the £3.25million signing of David Turnbull from Motherwell.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the Hoops will be doing everything they can to tie up the deal as quickly as possible with the season already in full swing.

Turnbull was very close to completing a move to the Glasgow giants last summer after winning the SFWA Young Player of the Year award for the 2018/19 season.

However, he failed his medical due to a knee problem which subsequently ruled him out for the majority of last season.

This site revealed earlier today that the Scotland Under-21 international is undergoing a medical at Parkhead as he puts the finishing touches to his transfer.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the imminent arrival of the centre-midfielder, Whelan said: “The quicker they get him through the door the better. Every club and manager wants to have their squad to be assembled as quickly as possible.

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“The season has already started but Neil Lennon realises that they need more quality and more depth.

“They tried to sign him last season and they were extremely close to getting the deal done but now it looks like it is inevitable that he will be joining Celtic.”

Football Insider understands that Motherwell have accepted a £2.75m bid rising to a potential £3.25m from the Scottish Premiership champions.

It is fractionally less than the offer accepted last summer which was £3million plus £500,000 in add-ons.

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