Celtic have had a bid for Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull accepted as the youngster now goes on to discuss personal terms with our Old Firm rivals.

It’s brought a mixed response from many Rangers fans. Some believe that we’re missing out on one of Scotland’s top talents.

Others believe that the reported £3m fee is simply too much. And it looks like Rangers agree with them.

Turnbull hit 15 Scottish Premiership goals from midfield last season and won two Young Player of the Year Awards. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Rangers have a considerable job in the transfer market yet and swallowing a significant part of our budget on a 19-year-old is wholly irresponsible.

For Rangers, the focus must be squarely on Rangers. Not just in the long-term but also the short. Yes, the club forked out the better part of £4m for Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera, but these are lessons. Mistakes not to be repeated.

 

There was never any official report that Rangers were interested in the player, only rumours. And a lot of talk.

You get the impression that from the very start, Rangers believed there were better options in the market. Not solely on talent, but also on price.

Whilst the Motherwell youngster is undoubtedly a real talent, the likes of Joe Aribo, in the short term at least, offer more maturity and much better value for money.

Rangers have been credited with a concrete interest in Charlton’s Joe Aribo. (Photo by Leila Coker/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Whether we get any Aribo pre-contract deal [Daily Mail] over the line or not is by-the-by. Rangers need shrewd investment all over the park; at £3m Turnbull isn’t it.

Which begs the question, at that price were Rangers ever seriously interested in the player at all?

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