Celtic star David Turnbull can benefit from Scotland news emerging from the Premier League.
While it’s never nice to see someone pick up an injury, Oli McBurnie’s foot fracture [BBC] leaves a squad space available. The Sheffield United man is already a divisive choice for Scotland, but Steve Clarke clearly sees quality there.
Regardless, rather than be a headache for Clarke, the choice should be an incredibly obvious one. David Turnbull surely has to get the call to represent the Tartan Army at this year’s Euros.
Delayed for a year by Covid, the timing should have been perfect. Having left Motherwell after a two-year long transfer saga, Celtic supporters have seen Turnbull’s immense qualities throughout the 20-21 campaign. As we covered yesterday, Turnbull is in elite company in terms of Key Passes, an important part of build-up play. He even tops Messi and Bruno Fernandes in that regard.
Now, obviously McBurnie is a striker. But between Dykes, Adams and Kevin Nisbet, we’re relatively well-stocked. Consider also that Clarke will be keen to have goals from the midfield, a la Ryan Christie, and has never been reliant on a centre-forward.
If you need midfield creators, who could dovetail perfectly with Christie and/or John McGinn, Turnbull should be top of the list.
It’s a mystery as to why Celtic man David Turnbull hasn’t got the Scotland call sooner
Given his domestic form, it’s hard to know why Turnbull hasn’t already been called up at least, if not to start matches for Scotland.
Yes, he’s still pretty young, but this is hardly a Scotland squad with vast experience. In terms of midfield options, yes, you could argue that Clarke is spoilt for choice. John McGinn, Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie, Scott McTominay, Kenny MacLean and others are well-deserved shouts.
But Turnbull has proved his worth both domestically, and on the continent. In one Europa League game, he scored and assisted a goal. He’ll have plenty more opportunities to show off his abilities in European action, but that’s still 100% more European experience than John McGinn, regardless of the latter’s qualities.
If you don’t like that argument, consider this one: Scotland aren’t exactly prolific goal-scorers. Fine, we put 4 past the Faroe Islands, but against quality opposition, Turnbull has a unique knack for unlocking defences at will. His shooting from distance is superb, and he’s another quality option from set-pieces.
In terms of his all-round game, he really must be considered by Steve Clarke before the summer. Scotland hadn’t qualified for a tournament since 1998 before Clarke led us to the Euros.
Now we’re there, we can’t let that opportunity slip and leave some of the country’s brightest talents watching us on TV.