Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic are ready to complete a deal for Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull, after he turned down a move to the Premier League to head to the Parkhead giants, according to Sky Sports.
The Bhoys are looking to strengthen significantly this summer with an eye on continuing to dominate domestically, but also move to the next level in Europe, and signing good young players will allow them to build a team not just for now, but for the future too, ensuring their superiority at home remains intact for a while.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has a record for recruiting fine talents and moulding them into something a bit more special, and the former Hibernian coach will be looking to do that with the impressive midfielder.
There was talk in the press that Turnbull initially declined the chance to join the Bhoys, with offers from the Premier League expected to arrive on the table, but he has since seemingly changed his mind and looks set to sign for the Glasgow giants.
The talented 19-year-old was said to be at Celtic Park on Friday to undertake a medical before completing his move across Scotland, and Lennon seemed excited by the prospect of working with him.
“We’ve identified David [and followed him] for quite a while,” Sky Sports quote him as saying.
“He’s here in the building and hopefully we’ll have a brief chat with him before he goes off to do his medical today.
“We like the younger players. We have had great success with developing players over the last 10 or 15 years. We see David following that pathway as well.
“He had a sensational first season with Motherwell, we were very impressed with him. We’re hoping that things can get concluded today and we can announce him later on.”
That Celtic are able to sign exciting young players is one thing, but the fact they have been able to tempt Turnbull to Glasgow over the lure of the Premier League, is a real feather in their cap heading into the new season.