As the inquest continues regarding Celtic's disastrous Champions League exit at the hands of Ferencvaros on Wednesday night, what may have slipped under the radar is their astute acquisition of young David Turnbull from Motherwell.
Fourteen months ago, Celtic and Motherwell had all but agreed a similar deal but there was a discrepancy with Turnbull's medical. After further examination, it was revealed he needed a major operation that would entail a long recovery process, and the Hoops, who were well within their rights, walked away from the deal.
I can't begin to imagine what was going through the young man's head as there was even talk of his career being in jeopardy. There was a long road ahead for him but it was one I knew he'd conquer, having worked with him previously.
I first met David at Motherwell when he arrived as a 16-year-old to start his footballing journey and my immediate assessment was that for someone so young, the game of football came naturally to him.
By that I mean how he received the ball, his vision in possession and his composure under pressure. He didn't seem fazed at all and he effortlessly made the game look easy. What he did lack was physical strength and muscle, but that could be worked on, the ability he had would always be there.
Within two or three years he'd dedicated himself on and off the pitch and he was ready for the next step. Physically he'd bulked up and with his performances in the reserves it was only a matter of time before Stephen Robinson let him loose in the first team.
Before he did, though, we played a reserve game against Hibernian, whose manager at the time was Neil Lennon. Hibs won the game and subsequently lifted the league title, but upon speaking to Neil after the game he was intrigued by the performance of our No.8.
He wanted to know all about him and asked me a lot of questions as he was genuinely impressed by his all-round game.
The No.8 that day was none other than David Turnbull.
Once David broke into the Motherwell first team, he got to showcase his talents on the big stage. Fifteen goals in his first season as well as Scotland's Young Player of the Year trophy made people sit up and take notice of this star in the making.
Lennon had by then returned to Celtic as manager and I've no doubt the impression David made on him in that reserve game played a huge part in the transfer being ignited.
People have asked the question, 'Can he make an impact?'
My answer is absolutely he can, and I expect he will.
I also think the Celtic stars will be surprised by how good he is technically, and training with top international players will only enhance his game further.
There have been plenty of young players who have joined Rangers or Celtic in the past who have been overawed by the environment and the pressure that a big club brings. I genuinely don't think that will intimidate him one little bit, that's not in his make-up.
David's injury may have forced him to wait that little bit longer for his move to go through but that alone will give him the determination to make up for lost time.
Lennon this week slammed some of his players for potentially plotting moves away from Celtic; in David Turnbull, they've signed the opposite - a young, hungry Scottish player desperate to showcase his talent, and I wouldn't bet against it.
If there's any doubt about the mentality or focus of David, then the evidence is right there.