Celtic chief scout Nicky Hammond was present in Motherwell’s closed doors friendly against Kilmarnock to watch David Turnbull, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The Scottish midfielder was all set for a move to Glasgow last summer but unfortunately failed the medical examination as a knee problem was detected by the Celtic medical team.

He subsequently underwent surgery and returned to action in February, just before the pandemic enforced a pause on all footballing activity.

The 21 year old played an hour in the 3-2 defeat at Fir Park last week with Hammond watching on.

Celtic had agreed a deal for £3.2 million for Turnbull with Motherwell and manager Neil Lennon has reportedly kept tabs on his recovery and progress.

Lennon is a long time admirer of the U21 Scotland international and is keen to add him to the champions’ squad for next season.

Turnbull signed a new deal with Motherwell last summer and was subject to interest from a number of clubs given his star performances at Fir Park.

It remains to be seen whether these factors will have an impact on the signing fee should Celtic pursue him this summer.

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