BBC Sportsound's Pat Bonner and Marvin Bartley rave over Celtic's David Turnbull vs Hibs
BBC Sportsound pundits Marvin Bartley and Pat Bonner were full of praise for Celtic youngster David Turnbull after he made a brilliant second-half impact against Hibernian today.
Celtic were 2-0 ahead at the break when Turnbull came on for Ryan Christie. However, despite the scoreline, chances weren’t exactly flowing and the football was still a touch loose at times.
However, the former Motherwell man’s introduction led to chance after chance in the second 45, as he showed his box-to-box qualities as well as a real tidiness on the ball. Turnbull then capped off a fine afternoon’s work with an assist for Celtic’s third and final goal – scored by Mohamed Elyounoussi.
Unsurprisingly, former Celtic goalkeeper Bonner and Livingston midfielder Bartley were raving about him throughout the second 45.
Speaking on Sportsound’s live text coverage of the game, 16:34), Bartley said: “David Turnbull has been very impressive today. I played against him in his last game for Motherwell and even after his injury he was still controlling the game. Celtic have a real talent.”
That was followed by Bonner (live text coverage, 16:39) stating that: “I think that was Celtic’s best performance of the season. They dominated the midfield for the whole game and I think that was where the game was won. David Turnbull coming on improved that dominance even further.”
Marker has truly been stamped
Turnbull has done all Neil Lennon could’ve asked from him today. He proved to be an improvement on what Christie offered, and effectively helped wrap up the points with a superbly weighted-ball for Elyounoussi to make it 3-0.
In addition to that, he showed a terrific aggression and energy to his game when he came on. There wasn’t any rustiness despite often being rooted to the bench under Lennon since arriving over the summer.
It’s clear he’s been putting in the hard work in training. The fact he’s so sharp shows excellent conditioning, and that’s a big plus for a Celtic support who have been crying for something different in the middle of the park for some time.
It’ll now be interesting to see what Lennon does on Thursday night in Sarajevo. Turnbull has done as nothing to suggest he shouldn’t start that one and make an impact, but there remains no guarantees of that.
But overall he can go to bed pleased with himself tonight. He’s made a big step in his Celtic career with this performance, and it should really open the door to further opportunities down the line.
All eyes are now on Lennon. It’s time to give Turnbull his shot.