In a season that has been nothing short of disastrous for Celtic this season, one of the only shining lights has been the signing of David Turnbull.
The Hoops signed the 21-year-old from fellow Scottish Premiership side Motherwell for a reported fee of around £3.25m, and he has hit the ground running at Celtic Park.
James McFadden raved about the Bhoys’ signing of the midfielder, saying: “He was a £3m player a year ago and I think it was a case of waiting to see how he recovered – and he’s recovered remarkably. He’s worked really hard, he’s level-headed, has a brilliant mentality and is a top talent.
“I speak about him every time I see him playing. He’s so adaptable and can play anywhere in midfield. If he gets in front of goal, very rarely if ever, will you see him snatch at it. I think he’ll step up again.”
And that goal-scoring instinct has been there for all to see, with Turnbull bagging an impressive five goals in just 17 games for his new side this season, including a run of four goals in just five league games between mid-December and mid-January.
The 6 foot 1 gem has brought a sense of energy and purpose to Celtic’s play going forward in that number ten role – his averages of 2.4 key passes and 1.6 accurate crosses rank him first and second respectively among the entire Hoops squad. And it’s no surprise that Neil Lennon is a big fan of him.
He said earlier last year: “Looking at him in the last few games, he’s got a touch of class about him and he’s a very good finisher from midfield. I think he’s a top player and we want him to flourish here.”
He might be under pressure in terms of his job, but it’s safe to say Nick Hammond got this transfer absolutely spot on.