Celtic expect to seal first summer signing in next 24 hours

CELTIC are closing in on Motherwell’s midfielder David Turnbull, having agreed a deal for the Scotland Under-21 international.

The Hoops have been keeping tabs on the 19-year-old for the last six months and have been immensely impressed by his breakthrough season at Fir Park.

Barnsley have also been monitoring the youngster’s progress but look set to miss out on him as Celtic have met Motherwell’s £3million valuation of the player.

Express Sport understands the Glasgow club agreed terms with their Scottish Premier League rivals earlier this week and are putting the finishing touches on Turnbull’s contract at Parkhead.

The deal is expected to go through within the next 24 hours.

“Celtic are expected to announce the signing of David Turnbull within the next 24 hours”

Turnbull was one of Motherwell’s star performers in the 2018-19 season, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances for Steve Robinson’s side.

Many have tipped him to become a huge star, including the former head of Motherwell’s academy, Gordon Young, who reckons the burgeoning midfielder could one day captain his country.

“We always had good relationships with local boys’ clubs and they would notify us of any boys who were doing well.

“That would trigger a scout to monitor the situation and invite them into the academy for evaluation. From the moment we saw David, it was a no-brainer. It was easy to see his potential.

He was different to anything we were producing and he always reminded me of Gary McAllister, who loved getting on the ball and dictating play. I’ve no doubt about the heights David can reach.

“I can see him captaining Scotland like Gary and playing at the top level in England or abroad.

“He’s such a down-to-earth boy, with a fantastic family, who were so supportive and a joy to deal with. They will be so proud of him.”

Celtic are also nearing a deal for Bolton prodigy Luca Connell, despite rival interest from Premier League new boys Norwich.

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