Ange Postecoglou addresses David Turnbull's horror Celtic moment

By John McGinley

October 2, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has called on David Turnbull to put his individual error behind him and move forward with team purpose.

Turnbull lost his footing at a critical moment in the match against Bayer Leverkusen, allowing the Germans to score their first goal in a 4-0 drubbing.

However, Postecoglou insists the reaction to that error and indeed the result must be a collective one and not squarely put on the midfielder’s shoulders.

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As quoted by The Glasgow Times, he said: “It is a test and there is no place to hide on a football field. Yeah mistakes are going to happen but the important thing is what is your reaction? What is your reaction within the team context?

“It’s not an individual thing, when a player makes a mistake the whole team pays the price. So it’s not about you trying to redeem yourself for something you’ve done, it’s about the team trying to redeem themselves and what your role is within that.

“Dave is still a young guy and that is part of his development if he wants to be a top footballer. He needs to understand that we can avert those mistakes and that it can’t be an individual response.”

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Turnbull’s overall performance was notably poor on Thursday night. It definitely seemed like the mistake dented his confidence.

Ange’s comments make perfect sense here. It’ll be interesting to see if Turnbull is given a rest against Aberdeen on Sunday, or whether the manager will persist.

Supporters have been calling for a more robust midfield, feeling that both Tom Rogic and Turnbull in the same three leaves Celtic too open.

Could we see a James McCarthy and Callum McGregor combination at Pittodrie?

Turnbull can produce special moments, but it could be time to experiment with a different trio.

In other news, Callum McGregor pinpoints exactly what’s going wrong with Celtic right now.

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