Sir Kenny Dalglish backs David Turnbull to earn Celtic 'huge money'

Virgil van Dijk of Celtic in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and FC Internazionale Milano on February 19, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

David Turnbull is reportedly on the verge of joining Celtic, and Sir Kenny Dalglish has suggested that he could emulate Virgil van Dijk at Parkhead.

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

Sir Kenny Dalglish has told the Sunday Post that David Turnbull has made the ideal move for his development by agreeing to join Celtic, and suggested that the midfielder has the potential to make the Hoops a huge sum in the coming years. 

According to BBC Sport, Turnbull is Parkhead-bound with Celtic paying Motherwell £3.25 million and agreeing a four-year deal with the 19-year-old, who scored nine goals and contributed five assists in the Scottish Premiership this past season.


Given his lack of experience, it may appear to some to be something of a gamble for Celtic to pay that much for the teenager. But Dalglish insisted that the youngster has made the right move and added that the Bhoys could ultimately make a huge profit on the deal.


"Staying in an environment he knows, in terms of Scottish football, and joining the club I believe David grew up supporting, then it appears ideal at this stage of his young life," he told the Sunday Post.

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

"There is time for Turnbull to do well at Celtic and then look to move down south if he so desires," he went on to add. "It could well be that he excels for the Hoops in the next three years and is sold on for huge money, like Virgil van Dijk, Fraser Forster, Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama were."

BBC Sport reported that Turnbull travelled to Norwich to hold talks with the Premier League newbies after initial discussions with Celtic had broken down, before ultimately deciding to join the Hoops after all.

Manager of Celtic Neil Lennon walks on the pitch before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The fact that Celtic were willing to get back round the table, while a top flight side in England were keen on signing the player, certainly suggests that the Parkhead faithful will have a special talent on their books from next term.

And if he can go on to earn Celtic anything like what they got for the likes of van Dijk, Dembele and Wanyama, then it will undoubtedly go down as a masterstroke from the champions to sign the midfielder.

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