Michael Stewart has urged Celtic not to make the same mistake with David Turnbull in this transfer window as they previously did with EPL star John McGinn.
The Scottish Champions failed to sign McGinn from Hibernian prior to his switch to Aston Villa, where the Scottish midfielder has become a superstar and his value has skyrocketed beyond Celtic’s financial reach.
Peter lawwell missed out on another future transfer windfall by messing Hibernian and McGinn around all for a few £100K extra.
If Lennon really wants to sign Turnbull this time around then there can’t be any cheap tactics as English clubs will be sniffing around also, Celtic need to pay what Motherwell need within reason.
Stewart believes that Turnbull is on a similar path and reckons that Celtic simply can’t miss out on a future Scottish midfield star again.
Michael Stewart said in recent interview:
“Celtic got their fingers burned badly when they messed up and missed out on John McGinn.
“Two years on, they can’t afford to make the same mistake with David Turnbull. The good news for Hoops fans is I don’t think they will this time around.
“Having seen him play against Hibs at Easter Road last weekend, I’m not a bit surprised.
“He looks to have come back just as good, if not better, than he was before. I just think Turnbull is a Rolls-Royce of a player. He is a class act in everything he does.”
The Motherwell star has been impressive this season since returning from a lengthy injury stint that ended any hope of Lennon getting his man last season.
The Celtic manager even sent Gavin Strachan to watch Turnbull in previous matches and the first team coach gave Lennon the green light in a potential move for him.
Celtic already have a flooded midfield with so many players fighting for a first team place but there could be players shipped out on loan and even sold to make space as recently Tom Rogic was rumoured to be sold.