CHRIS SUTTON has warned Neil Lennon and Celtic not to fall into the John McGinn trap over the signing of David Turnbull because both transfers are completely different.
There’s a bit more pressure on Celtic to go and get a deal done now because of the John McGinn fiasco last summer when Peter Lawwell let the player slip through their fingers because they refused to match the asking price until it was too late.
Sutton believes Celtic should watch what they’re doing with regards to Turnbull because unlike John McGinn the player is at the very beginning of his development after a breakthrough season.
For the former Celtic striker, Turnbull is one for the future but at this moment in time he questions if the Motherwell star would even get into the Celtic team.
“If you look at the Celtic midfield area then you have to ask where would a player like Turnbull fits in at the minute.” Sutton wrote in his RecordSport column.
“There may well be places up for grabs in Neil Lennon’s new look Celtic team.
Who would Turnbull get a game in front of right now?
“He isn’t going to displace Callum McGregor.
“Tom Rogic is tied down on a longer-term deal and I’m not so sure that he merits stepping over him although the Australian had a very average season by his high standards.
“Turnbull is only 19 and he will eventually want to play at a big club.
“But is Turnbull at Christie’s level? I would say probably not at “
Sutton could be spot on here. If Celtic sign the player will he be immediately ready for the first team? Celtic need players who are ready to go. With the player being valued by his club at £3m, it’s a lot of money to spend on a developmental player.