DAVID TURNBULL was on the brink of becoming a £3.2million Celtic signing this time last year.

The Scotland Under-21 international midfielder had knocked back Premier League outfit Norwich City to agree a deal with the champions.

It’s in the history books now that the big-money switch collapsed after the 20-year-old failed a medical due to a complicated knee problem and had to be returned to Fir Park.

However, Well assistant boss Kieth Lasley is adamant the youngster will come back better than ever in the new Premiership season that is scheduled to start on August 1 with the fixture list due out tomorrow.

The Lanarkshire club’s No.2, speaking to the Scottish Sun on Sunday, said: “Everyone knows the talent David has and, yes, he had a setback with the injury, but he was getting back on the fringes of things before football was stopped.

“I’ve no doubt he is back on the road to being one of the best young players in Scotland.”

Turnbull scooped a host Young Player of the Year honours after claiming 15 goals in 31 first-team appearances as he made the breakthrough at Fir Park in the 2018/19 campaign.

The hard-working middle-of-the-park performer battled back and played a handful of games in February before football went into cold storage.

He signed a new deal with the Steelmen in March, but the Hoops are reported to be continuing to monitor his progress.

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