Motherwell has confirmed they were able to install a new synthetic surface at Fir Park thanks to transfer money from Celtic for David Turnbull.
Celtic signed Turnbull in the summer of 2020 and spent up to £3m to secure him [Daily Record]. Since then, he has proven he is worth every penny with 35 direct goal contributions in 71 games. [Transfermarkt].
The transfer fee Celtic spent on the player turned out to be almost double Motherwell’s record transfer fee. And it appears to have played a key role in improving the pitch at Fir Park as well.
The club’s chief executive explained the decision and pointed out that it was the money earned from the transfer from Celtic that had effectively paid for the new turf. As quoted by the Sunday Post [print edition, 05/06, Post-Match supplement, page 12], Burrows said: “We spent six figures last season renovating the old surface. But you can’t do that year after year.
“We’ve won awards for having the best pitch in the country – again, up to Paul [club groundsman] – but it was just wallpaper on the cracks. The drainage issues, in particular, were so bad that we couldn’t host Under-21, Youth and Women’s international matches or the Challenge Cup finals, which we all did before.
“Fortunately, thanks to the fee we received from Celtic for David Turnbull, we had the resources to start from scratch once the season was over. We have become the fourth club in Scotland to install a hybrid surface – ie 95% synthetic fiber reinforced turf – after Celtic, Rangers and Hearts. “
Motherwell upgrade pitch as Celtic transfer money put to good use
Interestingly, this story comes shortly after St Johnstone spent £100,000 improving their McDiarmid Park ground ahead of the new season. [The Courier].
Fir Park has been one of the smoothest surfaces in Scottish football in recent years. However, the fact that they are moving to a similar grass style to Celtic and Rangers – that’s a big plus.
It’s also a key indicator of how big of a boost it can be to keep money in Scottish football. The fact that Motherwell is still using Turnbull’s transfer money is an indication of how important it was to them. The pitch upgrade will no doubt suit players like Celtic next season and boost the quality of play here.
This only underscores the importance of continuing to strengthen with Scottish talent. When you look at the impact Turnbull has had on Parkhead as well, it’s been anything but unsatisfying for us.
Of course, there are certainly more grounds in Scotland’s top flight that could be worth taking on. In particular the 2 artificial surfaces that we still have in Livingston and Kilmarnock respectively.
But thanks to Motherwell for undertaking this particular operation. A decision that can only help football on display at Fir Park next season.
In other news, Scott Robertson reveals talks with Celtic boss as he seeks to make a big impact
Do you have something to tell us about this article?