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.
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.
“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.
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.