Celtic would be getting their hands on a “very good signing” if they can come to an agreement with Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull, according to Jackie McNamara.
The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, revealed he was impressed with the young talent’s first full season playing first team football and that he feels he could make an impact at Parkhead.
Celtic confirmed via their official Twitter account on Friday that they had failed to come to an agreement with the player’s agent after agreeing a fee with Motherwell, although stated that the contract offer for Turnbull was still on the table.
Currently, we have been unable to come to an agreement with the player’s agent.#CelticFC is content that it has made a magnificent offer and it is now up to the agent and player to decide if the player wants to join Celtic.
If not, we move on. (2/2)
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 14, 2019
McNamara insisted that Celtic would be snapping up a top young talent if he was to sign on the dotted line although admitted first team football was by no means a guarantee.
He told Football Insider: “I think he’s had a good first season at Motherwell, looks a real good prospect a good talent – a good signing, a very good signing.
“Coming in, it remains to be seen if he’s putting that jersey on straight away in the starting XI, there’s real competition in there.
“Over the last few years they’ve brought young lads in from teams around them, like (Ryan) Christie from Inverness, sent on loan and then came in and done well. Scott Allan, one or two of the other players. I think he’s a real good signing for them, he looks the part.”
Turnbull, a Scotland under-21 international, played 31 times for the first team at Motherwell during the 2018/19 campaign, all but one of those appearances coming in the Premiership.
He was impressive in front of goal, scoring 15 goals from midfield while adding a further six assists to his tally for the season.
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