By Alan Hutton

21st Aug, 2020 | 10:12am

Perfect - Exclusive: Scottish pundit raves as Celtic step up bid to sign playmaker

Alan Hutton insists the extended transfer window is “absolutely ideal” for Celtic as they run the rule over Motherwell playmaker David Turnbull.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland full-back insists the Bhoys have to make sure the attacking midfielder has recovered properly from his serious injury before trying to sign him once again.

The Scottish Sun report that the Hoops have stepped up their scouting missions for the 21-year-old after Football Insider revealed he is a top target for this window.

The Scotland under-21 star was on the brink of a move to Parkhead last summer – and was pictured in a Celtic shirt alongside Lennon – but a knee problem scuppered the transfer.

The issue forced the youngster to have surgery and miss the majority of the 2019/20 season, although he was handed a new contract until 2022 by Motherwell.

With the Hoops seemingly back in the hunt for Turnbull, Hutton believes that the extended transfer window, which runs until October, is ideal for Celtic to gauge if he is back to his best.

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“It’s absolutely ideal, in a normal situation you would get a week or so of the league and then the window shuts so then it’s difficult,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“This way he can play games, he can play league games all the way through, they can keep an eye on him and then make their decision. I think there is a quality player there but you have to make sure that he’s right.

“Some people don’t come back from this injury as they were before, it’s difficult to really get back to 100 per cent. I know they’re obviously out there scouting him, watching him, and if he can get close or back to where he was, I think Celtic would definitely pick him up.

“He’s a very talented footballer.” 

Turnbull scored 15 goals and contributed six assists in 30 Premiership appearances during the 2018/19 season which convinced Celtic to pull the trigger for his capture.

He has started all four of Wells’ league games this season and got back on the scoresheet against Livingston.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops are in talks over a game-changing signing, according to a Football Insider pundit.