As Celtic dropped points for the sixth time this season, it brought up many questions about the club’s January recruitment. One of those questions was the sale of midfielder David Turnbull to Cardiff City.
Turnbull joined the Hoops in 2020 from Motherwell in a deal worth £3 million pounds.
MOTHERWELL ONE OF TURNBULL’S PREVIOUS CLUBS MOTHERWELL CREDIT Motherwell Football Club – Store norske leksikon (snl.no)
The 24-year-old was seen as the next big Scottish talent and was expected to make an impact for the premier league champions as they went for their tenth title in a row.
The midfielder, who’s been capped five times for his country was set to join Neil Lennon’s side in 2019 but the move collapsed at the last hour due to a knee injury.
Turnbull showed glimpses of what he could do in his 134 appearances for Celtic, scoring 31 with 23 assists.
At the start of the season it looked like he would play a pivotal role in Brendan Rodger’s fresh look Celtic side scoring two goals in Celtic’s opening day victory over Ross County.
And in the next four games he started all four games with a total 231 minutes played, grabbing a goal in the 3-0 home win over Dundee
But this would be his only goal contribution until he scored the equaliser in a 2-1 win over St Mirren in September.
And he only had a limited amount of game time in the Champions League – 30 minutes to be precise.
Over the next few months, the midfielder saw even less playing time and was hooked at half time in the 2-0 defeat to Hearts – surely a low point in his Celtic career.
However, the former Motherwell man netted seven this season, many of which have come from outside or just in the box.
As all eyes were on the board to bring in quality additions, many were shocked to see Turnbull go, especially when there was no replacement for this season’s third top scorer at the club.
This highlights Celtic’s poor January recruitment as if you put this with the struggle to find a left back it could be a gamble which could come back to haunt Celtic.
TURNBULL’S OLD HOME CELTIC PARK CREDIT MIKE PENNINGTON File:Celtic Park, Parkhead, Glasgow (geograph 5828346).jpg – Wikimedia Commons
With fans becoming more frustrated with decisions that seem to be made for financial reasons, was this another one of those choices.
And with a £4million valuation-tag attached to him and being out of contract at the end of the season, were the club’s hands tied, hence opting for the £2million deal with Cardiff?
Or would he have been a great sub to use against Aberdeen and Hibernian as well as possible injury cover in the title run-in?
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