David Turnbull leads Celtic’s last 5 Motherwell Raids as Hoops make bid

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Celtic are keen to compete with Rangers this year for the transfer of Bailey Rice, who could become the 10th player to join the Hoops from Motherwell with a move to Parkhead.

Old Firm rivals are scrambling to sign Rice before the defender turns 16 this October and qualifies for a pro contract. He is currently still a youth at Fir Park but the Scotland Under-17 international’s performances have already had the Glasgow giants eyed.

That daily record Report Celtic and Rangers regard Rice as one of the brightest talents in Scotland at the moment. So much so that both clubs have made Motherwell an opening bid while the Steelman weighs up how to cash in, while an unnamed Premier League side are also interested.

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Celtic and Rangers are interested in Rice as Motherwell and are considering a payout

Motherwell is considering selling Rice this summer to get the best terms amid interest from Celtic, Rangers and in England. They would want to agree to a move that includes future add-ons for the teenager, for whom they otherwise risk only receiving basic compensation.

Talks are ongoing between Motherwell and the Celtic and Rangers hierarchies to see if an agreement can be reached. Still, the Steelman haven’t given up hope of keeping Rice as Graham Alexander’s side still encourage their prodigy to stay in Lanarkshire.

A path to first-team football might cross Rice’s mind while the Well product awaits his senior breakthrough. but Soccer Scotland noted back in January, citing Rangers’ interest, that he would prefer to play in England, with Manchester City keen to do so.

The Premier League champions scouted Rice over the winter when several English clubs put the promising youngster under surveillance. However, teams south of the border cannot offer players a pro contract until they turn 17, which could hamper any pursuit of Rice this year.

So Celtic could have an advantage over England’s interest in Rice leaving Motherwell and face a head-to-head battle with Rangers. The Hoops winning the fight would also mark him as the 10th player to join the Bhoys from Steelman to date, and second in 10 years…

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Turnbull is the latest Motherwell player to join Celtic amid Rice interest

David Turnbull is the latest Motherwell player to join Celtic so Rice may now be following the Bhoys’ interest. The Parkhead natives took a last breath £3 million Deal for the midfielder in August 2020, 14 months after his originally proposed move fell through.

The 22-year-old regained interest from Neil Lennon after recovering from the knee injury that scuppered his move. And Turnbull has since justified Celtic securing his services with 19 goals and 16 assists in 77 games, starting with 64, in all previous competitions.

Slane offers Rice the young example amidst Celtic’s interest in the Motherwell gem

Paul Slane offers Rice a youthful example that he could possibly follow now given Celtic’s interest in the Motherwell talent. The Hoops signed the 18-year-old winger from the Well in 2010 after playing just nine first-team games with the Lanarkshire outfit, recording one goal and two assists.

But the move to Parkhead didn’t work out for Slane as the Glasgow native only made one appearance in green and white. His only game also lasted just 13 minutes between loans from MK Dons and Partick Thistle and serious injuries before leaving the Hoops in January 2013.

McDonald made an immediate impact after leaving the Steelmen in 2007

Scott McDonald made an immediate impression at Celtic after leaving Motherwell in 2007 to end a three-year stint with the Steelmen. The Aussie scored 25 goals in 36 Premiership games in 2007/08 en route to becoming the league’s top scorer that season.

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He had scored in double figures in each of the striker’s full seasons with The Well but he never hit more than 15. McDonald followed up his 25-goal tally with 16 in 2008/09 and 10 in 09/10 before leaving Glasgow Middlesbrough late mid-season market.

Celtic raided Motherwell for academy product Pearson in 2004

Celtic ambushed Motherwell in 2004 for another of their academy products in Stephen Pearson. The midfielder had made 102 appearances for the first team after coming off the Steelmen production line in 2001. But he would only enjoy 65 with the Hoops before leaving in 2006.

Derby County signed Pearson after two and a half years at Glasgow, having only held a squad role at Celtic. The Lanark-born ace started just 28 of his games in all competitions. He also opened just 22 of his 55 Premiership games with six goals but left two titles.

O’Donnell left Motherwell for Celtic in 1994 as an academy graduate

Phil O’Donnell also left Motherwell for Celtic in 1994, having graduated from Steelmen’s Academy four years earlier. The Bellshill-born midfielder honed his craft at Well and established himself in the first-team before showing his skills at Glasgow.

However, five years with the Hoops would not bring the same individual success that O’Donnell had enjoyed with Motherwell. He then went to England in 1999 and joined Sheffield Wednesday before returning to The Well in 2004 for the final stint of his career.

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