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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: EX-CELTIC TARGET ON COMEBACK TRAIL, GERS LOOK AT HAGI DEAL, LEDLEY AND THE JETS

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DAVID TURNBULL, who was on the brink of a £3.25million switch to Celtic in the summer, is edging closer to his first game of the season.

Motherwell’s Scotland Under-21 international saw his move to the champions fall through after failing a medical before the deal was rubber-stamped.

Examinations revealed a problem in a knee and the talented 20-year-old midfielder was forced to undergo surgery.

However, Fir Park boss Stephen Robinson has admitted the player is on the way back to full fitness and told Sky Sports News: “David Turnbull is not far away, which brings a big smile to my face when I watch him in training.

“He is in full training, he has played 11 v 11, so we are just waiting for the final okay. I can’t wait for that.”

MAKING A POINT…Stephen Robinson gets mixed news.

However, there was bad news for the Well gaffer when it was announced defender Jake Carroll will miss at least the remainder of the season after suffering an Achilles injury during Tuesday’s Scottish Cup defeat against St Mirren.

The 28-year-old left-back went off injured in the closing moments of the last-16 replay at Fir Park, which the Paisley outfit won on penalties after Well had recovered from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 in regulation time.

Speaking ahead of the club’s trip to face Hamilton tomorrow, Robinson admitted: “Jake’s going to need surgery on his Achilles.

“He is going to be out for the rest of the season and maybe the start of next season.”

RANGERS will look at signing loan midfielder Ianis Hagi on a permanent basis, says Ibrox No.2 Gary McAllister.

The 21-year-old Romanian attacker has scored three goals in four starts since joining on loan from Belgian champions Genk last month.

Steven Gerrard’s men have the option to make the deal permanent in the summer and Hagi pushed his case with two goals in the Govan outfit’s 3-2 comeback Europa League win over Braga last night.

Asked if the club will utilise their right to hold onto the exciting raider, McAllister told Sky Sports News: “If the lad keeps performing, It’s something we will have to look at.

“The manager has the final say, but he has impressed all of us so far. We just want to keep this young man going, keep his confidence high and keep encouraging him to do the things he is good at.

“If you’re a player last night, scoring a couple goals in front of 50-odd thousand fans who are singing your name… I think he is enjoying it!”

FORMER Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley is set to link up with Kenny Miller in Australia with Newcastle Jets closing in on the 33-year-old Welsh international.

Ex-Scotland and Old Firm striker Miller, 40, retired from playing earlier this month after leaving Partick Thistle and was named technical director at the A-League side within a week.

He linked up with former Wolves team-mate Carl Robinson who had just been appointed manager, and the two have set about rebuilding a squad that boasts a few familiar names – including on-loan Hearts defender Bobby Burns and former Livingston and Norwich City star Wes Hoolahan.

According to reports Down Under, Ledley, who has been without a club since his short stint at Charlton, is set to join imminently.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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