Celtic are reportedly closing in on a move to sign Motherwell sensation David Turnbull after having a £3million bid accepted, but in doing so they may have just boosted Rangers’ transfer plans.
BBC Sport have claimed that Motherwell have accepted the seven-figure offer the for the 19-year-old midfielder, who scored 15 goals last season from the middle of the park. It is the biggest ever fee Motherwell have received.
The signing of the Scotland youth international gives Neil Lennon another option in the middle of the park, along with Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor, Nir Bitton, Ryan Christie and Kouassi Eboue.
In terms of attacking midfielders, which is where Turnbull prefers to operate, Celtic boast Christie and Rogic. They are well stocked, and are unlikely to bring in any other central midfielders this summer.
They were previously linked with a move to sign Joe Aribo from recently promoted Charlton Athletic, with the Daily Mail claiming Aribo is to make a decision on his future this week. It claims Celtic are keen, but Rangers are in talks.
Aribo, 22, starred for Lee Bowyer’s side last season, finding the back of the net 10 times in 39 appearances. He also showed his creative touch, laying on five assists. With his contract expiring this month, he is available for nothing.
Now with Celtic set to sign Turnbull, the Hoops are no longer in need of Aribo as much as they previously were, and that may provide Rangers with the chance to seal a deal for the Charlton sensation.
Whether Aribo is keen on a move to Rangers this summer remains to be seen, but the lure of European football and the chance to work under Steven Gerrard is likely to prove tantalising. Celtic signing Turnbull could see the Gers land Aribo, though.