David Turnbull was Celtic's only positive last season; today he could've been Scotland's

By David Walton

June 14, 2021

David Turnbull has had a superb season on an individual note for Celtic, and it therefore makes you wonder what Steve Clarke has against him.

Scotland were back in the big time this afternoon. Their first game of Euro 2020 at Hampden was set up for a grandstand performance. However, in the most anticlimactic fashion, the Scots would lose 2-0 in what was a hugely disappointing display.

Not many were complaining when Turnbull didn’t start the game. You could understand the desire from Clarke to include John McGinn, Stuart Armstrong, and Scott McTominay in his midfield. However, the longer the game went on, the more it was crying out for some drive and bravery in the middle of the park.

Both McTominay and Armstrong produced poor performances this afternoon. Neither seemed ready to have pops from outside the area or make a driving run forward to open up the Czechs. The lack of threat through the centre was extremely disappointing, especially with Lyndon Dykes available to flick on to advancing runners.

However, despite the fact we offered nothing centrally, Clarke refused to give Turnbull some minutes. The Celtic midfielder spent all 90 minutes rooted to the bench.

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The former Motherwell man has been in superb form this season. He’s managed 10 goals and eight assists in 39 outings this term [Transfermarkt]. To say he couldn’t have held his own against that Czech outfit today is nonsense.

He isn’t the only one either. The game was screaming out for some of the other younger players too. It would’ve been ideal to get a look at Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour. Even Nathan Patterson for Stephen O’Donnell would’ve been ideal given how the second half was panning out.

David Turnbull was solid against Holland / (Photo by Joaquin Corchero / Europa Press Sports via Getty Images)

It’s difficult to see what Clarke has against Turnbull. He should’ve been involved in the March World Cup qualifiers, but he was snubbed by the Scotland boss. His inclusion in the Euro 2020 squad came as a surprise given Clarke had failed to put trust into him in the past.

Hopefully, after that shambles of a midfield display today, it opens up an opportunity for Turnbull at Wembley. Scotland will need bravery and drive from their centre-midfielders in London. Go with the three we chose today and it’s asking for chaos.

We’ll see if Clarke turns to Turnbull for the final two games against England and Croatia. However, for now, the Scotland fans have been left bitterly disappointed with his omission this afternoon. Here’s what the Tartan Army have been saying on social media:

In other news, it’s time Celtic stopped shopping in one particular market.