Alan Hutton has told David Turnbull to snub a potential Premier League move to stay at Celtic for at least another season.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted a move to somewhere like Aston Villa could hinder the 21-year-old’s development.
The Scottish Sun report Villa are plotting a £7million raid for Turnbull after an impressive first season at Celtic.
The 2020 signing was a standout star despite the Hoops’ struggles both domestically and in Europe.
The midfielder’s performances even earned him a place in the Scotland squad for the Euros.
However, Hutton has urged Turnbull to focus on his Celtic career before thinking of a move to England.
Discussing a potential Premier League switch, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “In the future, definitely. Not at this precise moment in time.
“He’s made the step from Motherwell and he’s been excellent this season. He was named young player of the season and it was thoroughly deserved.
“I think Celtic are about to go through a rebuild. Turnbull is going to be one of the main points in that team they are going to have to try and build around. He is still young enough, he’s still learning to play at such a high level also and he’ll get better.
“I think in the next year or so, a year or two, then it would be the right time. If everything goes the way it’s going at the moment, then he’ll have an opportunity to come down. I just don’t feel that it’s going to benefit him in the long run if it comes down to a team like Aston Villa and doesn’t play.
“You could be playing for Celtic, challenging for titles, possibly in Europe, going through a rebuild. It’s exciting times for everybody involved. For me, if I was him, I’d want to stay on a couple of seasons in Scotland.”
Turnbull scored nine goals and contributed eight assists in 35 appearances for the Bhoys.
However, he had to wait until December before getting a run in the starting XI under former boss Neil Lennon.