DAVID TURNBULL aims to hit the ground running at Celtic following last summer’s false start.
The Scotland Under-21 international midfielder saw his £3.25million move from Motherwell collapse due to a knee problem that required surgery. He came back in February and played only a handful games for the Fir Park side at the tail-end of the coronavirus-interrupted campaign.
However, 14 months later, the four-year deal got over the line and the youngster is looking forward to life in the hoops.
Turnbull, speaking to the club website, admitted: “I’m absolutely delighted to join Celtic, especially after everything that’s went on over the last year.
“To join the biggest club in Scotland, I’m just delighted! Looking back, the injury was the worst time of my life, really.
“It was so hard to take, but I knew that if I worked hard, kept my head down, the chance could come around again, so long as I stuck to it. Now, I can’t wait to get started!”
Turnbull took the eye during the 2018/19 campaign when he made 34 appearances for Well and scored 16 goals and clocked up seven assists. That sort of form attracted Neil Lennon in the first place.
The 21-year-old powerhouse added: “The success of Celtic in recent seasons has been incredible. They’ve been so consistent, which is the root of their success. As soon as I’m required, I’m ready!
“As I say, I’ve played in the first five games of the season, I’ve managed to get a goal, I feel really fit and I’m just raring to go and make my mark here at Celtic.
“It’d be brilliant to win silverware this season at Celtic. I obviously grew up playing with Motherwell, and while we were involved in Cup Finals, there was maybe less of an expectation to get there. It’s the opposite at Celtic.
“So, to be involved in big games, tournaments and Cups would be an honour for me and my family. I can’t wait to do whatever I can to help Celtic win more trophies in this important season ahead.”