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Turnbull will get over Celtic woe: Robinson


No deal: David Turnbull
No deal: David Turnbull

By Steven Beacom

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson says he feels for David Turnbull after his big money move to Celtic broke down but believes the teenage star has the mental toughness to cope.

It was announced yesterday that Turnbull's £3.25m move from Motherwell to the Bhoys collapsed when it emerged that the midfielder needed "immediate preventative" knee surgery.

Celtic were initially going to sign Turnbull on a four-year contract before the knee injury came to light. They remained keen but the clubs could not reach agreement after the Parkhead outfit submitted a revised period.

Turnbull will now be out for what has been described as "an extended period".

Robinson had kept in contact with Turnbull throughout the protracted transfer saga, revealing that his only concern at the moment is for the 19-year-old.

"It has been going on for a long time with twists and turns and I really feel for David," said Robinson.

"Right now my concern is for him. This hasn't been easy for David and this is mentally difficult but I do think he can cope with it all.

"We want to get him playing, and sort out any problem. On the pitch he has shown for Motherwell what a talented boy he is and off the pitch he is very mentally strong. You have to deal with disappointment in football."

In a statement, Motherwell added they would give Turnbull "support" and stated that they looked "forward to watching him play in claret and amber again in the near future".

Celtic described the outcome as "unfortunate", declaring they did "everything we could to find a solution".

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