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Celtic face a battle to keep David Turnbull at Paradise

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this season, you’ll know that everything is far from rosy for Celtic Football Club.

Parkhead has been rocked by the absence of a trophy and the Hoops could now witness a number of their top players leave and head for pastures new.

What’s the word?

Odsonne Edouard is close to completing a move to England, while Ismaila Soro and Kristoffer Ajer also have admirers south of the border.

A mass exodus is set to disrupt the Hoops this summer but, in a rather worrying turn of events, they could also lose David Turnbull. The Scot only arrived last year but is already being linked with the exit door.

According to The Sun, Aston Villa are lining up a summer swoop for Turnbull as they look to bolster their midfield options. A move may cost the English side as little as £7m, a mere bargain for a player of his abilities.

Who is more important to Celtic?

Edouard

Edouard

Turnbull

Turnbull

Villa have watched the 21-year-old on several occasions now and feel as though he would offer similar value for money as John McGinn.

A huge blow for Celtic

Forget Ajer and Edouard; if Turnbull leaves Paradise this summer, it will be a disastrous blow to Celtic’s ambitions.

After all, this is a midfielder who was not only crowned the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year but also scooped the club’s Player of the Season award.

Celtic have had a particularly difficult campaign but, when the going got tough, Turnbull has shone like a beacon for a ship lost at sea.

The youngster has been so impressive that he has now earned a call-up to the Scotland squad for the first time and will travel to the European Championships. He has been spectacular and, during the 2020/21 campaign, he scored ten goals and produced eight assists.

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Also offering a set piece threat, there are fewer players in Scottish football with more creativity than Turnbull. In fact, during this season, no player recorded more key passes in the Premiership than Celtic’s young midfielder with 85.

Talking about him back in March, Owen Coyle provided a glowing review, one which demonstrates why it would be a significant blow if he left.

“His physical attributes are there,” Coyle began. “He’s got an unbelievable engine, he goes box-to-box, covers the ground. He’s a team player who works his socks off. I think he’s a manager’s dream.”

Edouard might be Celtic’s top scorer but Turnbull is a player who has glued everything together during a chaotic first season in Glasgow.

The threat of their most vibrant young player leaving should leave Celtic supporters running for the hills. Him leaving would be a scary way to start the transfer window.

AND in other news, Celtic can find the new Scott McDonald by signing 24 y/o with “everything to his game”…

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