DAVID TURNBULL has opened up on how his Celtic dream came crashing to an end at the final hurdle when a medical found the player needed serious surgery.

The midfielder was pictured inside Celtic Park wearing a Celtic shirt on the day he was supposed to sign. When no confirmation came through and the days dragged out, it was clear Turnbull’s move to Celtic was off. The injury bringing the move to a screeching halt.

Celtic wanted to be in charge of the player’s recovery and made a loan offer with a view to buy which Motherwell were not in favour of doing.

Opening up to BBC Scotland, Turnbull explained how a phone call from his agent changed everything and

“My head was all over the place, to be honest,”

“I would just be sitting in my room or the living room and then my agent would phone me and tell me this team or the next team. It was team after team. My head was just everywhere and then bids started coming in and I knew it was going to be time up.

“I was obviously set for a big change in my life. Completely. I had been with Motherwell since I was 10. So it was going to be something really big to me. A lot different to what I had been doing.

“Then that came along. It was horrible. It was something I didn’t know I had and I had to get it done. When I saw the scans it was massive and I just had to listen to the medical advice. But I’ve forgotten about that now and I just need to look to returning.

“Going back to Motherwell I knew that they would treat me well and everyone does treat me brilliantly. I know how well everyone loves me and I love the club as well. It helped a lot.”

Celtic have not been back in for the player this January and are about to bring in Ismaila Soro to the club – a central midfielder.

Has his Celtic move passed him by, or will Neil Lennon wait for the summer to make his move for the Motherwell player?