Celtic: Neil Lennon confirms Motherwell talks for David Turnbull

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David Turnbull has scored once in five Motherwell appearances this season
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Discussions between Celtic and Motherwell over David Turnbull are “ongoing,” according to manager Neil Lennon.

However, Lennon has “no idea” how close the clubs are to reaching a deal.

Celtic have renewed their pursuit of the Scottish Under-21 attacking midfielder 14 months after their £ 3million move was sabotaged by Turnbull who was failing his medical due to a knee problem.

He has since had surgery and has appeared in Motherwell’s five games this season.

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor said “the excellent” Turnbull would be a welcome addition.

Lennon refused to get dragged further on potential transfers, insisting that his side’s Champions League qualifier against Ferencvaros on Wednesday is too important for ‘distractions’.

The Celtic boss has said Champions League football ‘likely ranks second’ after the domestic campaign, with the club chasing an unprecedented 10th consecutive title but want his side to reach the ‘Blue Riband’ group stage.

Celtic beat KR Reykjavik 6-0 at home in the previous round but are set for a more daunting challenge when Hungarian champions Ferencvaros come to Glasgow for their behind-closed-door draw.

“It’s early to have a team of this quality. We have done a lot of work on them and we will show them the utmost respect, ”said Lennon.

“Ferencvaros had very good results in the Europa League last season and a fairly comfortable victory against Djurgarden in the previous round. We are expecting a really tough game. The only advantage is that we are at home. ”

Lennon has also said he will need to look in more detail at a new Fifa rule that would allow clubs to block players from traveling to international matches due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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