£2.5m English Championship star is absolutely buzzing for one particular Celtic player

By David Walton

November 15, 2021

Former Celtic attacker Ryan Christie has stated that he’s delighted for David Turnbull as he emerges as a key figure for the Hoops

Christie departed Glasgow for Bournemouth in a £2.5m move on transfer deadline day [Sky Sports]. This comes after spending 6 months alongside Turnbull in the Celtic first-team on a weekly basis.

Back then, both Turnbull and Ismaila Soro were the only bright spots of what was becoming a dark season. And the former has continued his form into this season with a superb 7 goals and 6 assists to his name so far [Transfermarkt].

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And speaking via the Scottish Sun, Christie has outlined his delight at the progress made by the former Motherwell midfielder:

“Dave has been quality ever since he stepped into the Celtic side. He is now one of the first names on the team sheet, which is a credit to him.

“When he came into the squad last season, we were struggling a bit and he seemed to be the only shining light. I am buzzing for him. With the injury setback he had earlier in his career, he has done so well to bounce back and show his talent.”

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Brilliant stuff from Christie. You can see just how enthused he is about his Scotland international teammate. The duo were so effective together at times last term as they both brought plenty of attacking spark to Celtic’s forward play.

With Christie gone, however, more responsibility has been placed on Turnbull’s shoulders. Responsibility that he likely wouldn’t have had if we’d managed to keep hold of Ryan.

An increased spotlight combined with increased demands has led to some inconsistent all-round displays from David. No surprise really considering he’s just one of a number of players still trying to adapt to a new system under Postecoglou.

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But you can’t argue with Turnbull’s figures. Even if he remains a player still firmly in the spotlight, he’s continuing to rack up the numbers. The goals and assists he adds to Celtic are big reasons for our early-season success this year.

He’s also had to get used to working alongside Tom Rogic – a partnership that showed early signs of concern just months ago. Now, they’re playing with much more fluidity and you can see both men now know their roles when alongside each other.

It’s been a fine start to the season overall by the Celtic man. Hopefully, it’s only going to get better.

In other news, The superb untold story of how Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou won his first managerial gig