Celtic star Turnbull humble as ever despite superb match-winning Motherwell assist

By Dave Flanigan

November 10, 2022

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull was keen to downplay his his Hollywood pass that led to Daizen Maeda’s winner for the Scottish champions at Fir Park last night.

The 23-year-old whipped an inch perfect pass through the Motherwell defence to find his fellow substitute who finished excellently under Liam Kelly, after Sead Haksabanovic inadvertently blocked a home throw-in, giving Ange Postecoglou’s side a 2-0 lead before Ross Tierney reduced the deficit almost immediately.

Celtic saw out the game for a crucial three points in their pursuit of a second successive Scottish Premiership title, but Turnbull was in no rush to claim praise for his crucial contribution.

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Speaking to Celtic TV, he said: “It wasn’t too bad! I didn’t really know what happened with the throw-in and then the ball fell to my feet, I saw Daizen run, there were a few others to the right, and it was just about picking the right pass, I did that and thankfully Daizen stuck it away.

“It was a great three points. It was a tough game, we created some changes, not as many as normally do, but sometimes you get days like that.

“It was about grinding out the result and the boys did that in the end and it’s a great three points.”

Turnbull has seen far less game-time this season than last due to a combination of injury and increased competition in Celtic’s midfield, and the Scotland international also spoke of the benefits of a bigger squad.

He said: “Competition is always good for everybody and it’s about performing when you get your chance, if you’re coming on in games or starting games it’s about impacting them and all the boys are doing that at the moment.

“It’s completely different to last year, the games were thick and fast, we didn’t have as many bodies, but since January and in the summer we’ve strengthened massively and it’s good for rotation as well, if someone’s tired you can give them a rest.”

It’s testament to Celtic’s strength in depth that players like Turnbull and Maeda can be called upon to have such a telling influence on tough fixtures such as at Fir Park last night.

Another substitute Sead Haksabanovic was also involved in the goal, albeit without too much intent, further emphasising Celtic’s squad strength.

Despite opening up a considerable gap on Rangers in second in the Scottish Premiership, Ange Postecoglou has been keen to emphasise that there’s plenty life in the title race yet, and the Hoops will have to maintain their excellent domestic form going into the break with Ross County still to come before the World Cup.

In other news: “It’s not easy”; Postecoglou hails Celtic’s character after hard-fought Motherwell win