Chris Sutton comments on David Turnbull to Celtic speculation

7th April 2019, Fir Park, Motherwell, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Motherwell versus Rangers; David Turnbull of Motherwell grapples with Eros Grezda of Rangers

Celtic did not sign John McGinn before he left Hibernian for Aston Villa in the summer of 2018.

26th January 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Motherwell; David Turnbull of Motherwell and Paul McGowan of Dundee

Chris Sutton has suggested in The Daily Record that Celtic will not be making a mistake like they had done regarding Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn if they do not sign David Turnbull from Motherwell.

According to BBC Sport, Celtic are interested in signing Turnbull from Scottish Premiership rivals Motherwell in the summer transfer window.


It has been reported that Motherwell are looking for £3 million as transfer fees for the 19-year-old midfielder.


Turnbull is one of the best and most promising young midfielders in Scotland, and, according to to BBC Sport, the 19-year-old scored 15 goals and provided five assists in the Scottish Premiership for Motherwell this season.

Former Celtic midfielder Sutton has given his take on speculation regarding Turnbull and the Hoops, and he does not believe that the Scotland Under-21 international will get into Neil Lennon’s starting lineup.

Sutton has also suggested that Celtic would not be making the same mistake they did last summer when they did not sign McGinn from Hibernian.

The Hoops wanted to sign the Scotland international midfielder from Hberbian in the summer of 2018 before he went to Aston Villa, but they were not willing to pay the £3m transfer fee that was needed, as reported by The Daily Record.

27th April 2019, Fir Park, Motherwell, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Motherwell versus Dundee; David Turnbull of Motherwell is congratulated after scoring for 1-1 by Tom Aldred

Sutton wrote in The Daily Record: “The big comparison with Turnbull is obviously John McGinn. This time last season Celtic stalled on shelling out £2.75 million to Hibs and the player was eventually sold to Aston Villa. The Celtic supporters are urging the club not to make the same mistake with regards to Turnbull.

“But the situation with McGinn was totally different in the sense that he was much further ahead of Turnbull in terms of his development and he was also a Scotland internationalist. McGinn has done it over a longer period of time.

“I am not being disrespectful to Turnbull or Motherwell but Celtic cannot afford to carry somebody this season and give them time to bed in.”

John McGinn of Aston Villa celebrates scoring a goal during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London,...

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