Andy Walker tips David Turnbull to be Celtic regular before long

By John Reid

September 11, 2020

Former Celtic striker turned pundit Andy Walker reckons that David Turnbull will become a first-team regular with the Hoops before long, reports Sky Sports.

Turnbull joined Celtic from Motherwell last month, but as yet to make an appearance for the Hoops. Walker, who joined Celtic from Motherwell in 1987, believes that will change soon.

Walker has pinpointed Turnbull’s goalscoring prowess as a reason that he will make the grade at Celtic Park.

“Have every chance”

“Could David Turnbull be a regular starter? If you’re as good a goalscoring threat from midfield as Turnbull showed at Motherwell, you have every chance” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“He’ll need to be patient but I think he has the ability to perform at the highest level” he concluded.

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

Goalscoring from midfield was certainly a key part of Turnbull’s game at Motherwell. He scored 18 goals in 48 games in his time at Fir Park. That is a more than decent return.

With Celtic having so many midfielders in the squad, then you will need something extra special to break into the Hoops first-team.

Goalscoring ability can make player stand-out

Turnbull’s goalscoring ability could be what makes him stand-out from the pack. Turnbull may need to bide his time before he gets a place in the team though.

For the moment, the midfield of Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie seems to the first choice, with Olivier Ntcham also contributing a lot so far this season.

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

That means that when Turnbull gets his chance, if he comes on as a substitute for example, he has to make the most of it.

A goal or two in his appearances would certainly help in that regard. Only time will tell if Walker is correct when it comes to Turnbull.

However, he does have the goalscoring ability that a team like Celtic will need at times. It is now up to the player to take his chance.

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