David Turnbull has confidence in his Celtic team ahead of the upcoming Scottish Cup derby against Rangers at Ibrox.

The media hype is with our rivals ahead of the encounter, there’s no doubt about that.

They are champions, unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership and also progressed well in Europe.

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Some have even gotten a bit carried away over the last few months, comparing them to Brendan Rodgers’ invincibles. We know that’s ridiculous of course.

Turnbull recognises they’ve been impressive this season but is still backing his Bhoys to pick up a huge derby result.

Speaking to The Glasgow Times after yesterday’s game against Livingston, he said: “It is always a tough game against Rangers, they have been great this season obviously.

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“We will just need to go in and take confidence from the fact we have been very good the last time we played them and hopefully take our chances. If we do that, I am sure we can get a result.

 

“Everybody knows it has been a tough season for us and now the Cup is the only thing left for us so we will go to Ibrox, take the game to them and do everything we can to get the win.

“That will be for the fans and for ourselves because we want to kick on.”

If Celtic get David Turnbull on the ball, there’s every chance

David Turnbull should be unleashed as a central creative force next week, given the task of unlocking the Rangers defensive line.

Turnbull has eight goals and six assists in total this term and will be crucial in combining with Mohamed Elyounoussi, Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest around him, as he was yesterday.

His set-piece delivery can also be devilish.

Celtic David Turnbull

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If we can be aggressive and have real intent at Ibrox, there’s no reason we should fear them too much. Celtic have demonstrated in the last two derbies they can compete with Steven Gerrard’s side.

That’s the attitude Turnbull is calling for. Hopefully it’s the spirit at Lennoxtown throughout this week of pre-derby training.

In other news, Odsonne Edouard has been urged to find a clinical edge like Benzema and Lewandowski ahead of the derby.

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