Neil Lennon’s Celtic will reportedly renew their attempts to take David Turnbull away from Scottish Premiership rivals Motherwell in January.
It feels like light-years ago since Tom Rogic had Premiership defences dancing to his tune with Brendan Rodgers watching on in awe as his ‘Magic Man’ pulled another rabbit out of the hat.
Just two years ago, the Australian playmaker arguably stood alone as the most gifted and influential attacking force in the country. He could open up the tightest of defences with a perfectly weighted pass or locate the top corner with a laser-guided rocket from 25 yards.
Rogic’s brilliant individual goal in the dying seconds of the 2017 Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen perhaps best sums up the 26-year-old’s ability to turn nothing into something in the blinking of an eye and a swing of that magical left boot.
But the Rolls Royce isn’t running so smoothly these days. A troublesome knee injury means Rogic has made just three appearances all season after missing much of 2018/19 too.
His injury problems could hardly have been timed any worse either with Rogic missing the vast majority of Neil Lennon’s tenure. And, by the time he finally shakes off that long-standing problem, a man Rodgers loved so much could suddenly find himself on the periphery.
Especially with The Sun claiming that Celtic will revisit their aborted £3.25 million deal for Motherwell starlet David Turnbull in January when his own knee injuries come to a merciful end.
Turnbull doesn’t quite possess the same languid brilliance that once made Rogic one of the first names on Celtic’s team-sheet but he, like the perma-crocked Aussie, is at his best when orchestrating things just off the front. 17 goals and nine assists for Motherwell last season represented a brilliant return, the sort of tally Rogic himself never managed to produce even at his 2017 peak.
If Rogic was a symbol of the Rodgers era, all subtlety, class and guile, Turnbull feels like a signing for a whole new era, brimming with youth and promise.