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David Turnbull’s move to Celtic from Motherwell is officially off after issue arises in medical

© SNSMotherwell's David Turnbull
Motherwell's David Turnbull

In the latest twist to a gripping transfer saga, David Turnbull will remain a Motherwell player for the foreseeable future.

The youngster will stay with the club while he undergoes surgery on an issue discovered while taking a medical at Celtic.

An agreement had been reached earlier this month between the Steelmen and the Hoops for the 19-year-old to make the move to the Premiership champions, which was set to land the Lanarkshire side around £3.25m.

That followed several days of uncertainty over the move, with Celtic even issuing a statement that they’d “move on” to other targets if Turnbull didn’t accept their “fantastic” contract offer.

It looked like Turnbull would instead head for Norwich City, but he eventually had a medical with Celtic on Friday, where an issue was discovered that required immediate preventative surgery and subsequent rehabilitation work.

Celtic were keen to press ahead with the transfer for the highly-rated star, but could not reach an agreement with Motherwell over revised transfer terms.

A statement on Motherwell’s website said: “David will now remain at Fir Park and will shortly have an operation which will rule him out of any football for an extended period, the exact length to be determined following surgery.

“We will give David all the support he needs during this process. We wish him the best with his procedure and rehabilitation, and look forward to watching him play in claret and amber again in the near future.”

Last season, the academy graduate netted fifteen times for Motherwell – a third of their Scottish Premiership goals.