"Build a team around for years"; Pundit gets excited by Celtic youngster

By John McGinley

February 15, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley has offered great praise in the media for current club prospect David Turnbull.

Signing from Motherwell last year, Turnbull has already become a regular in Neil Lennon’s starting eleven.

It’s easy to forget he’s still only 21 and has his whole career ahead of him. The midfielder already plays with poise and maturity.

There’s a chance he could be a mainstay in the Celtic side for years.

Hartley, who won trophies at the club under Gordon Strachan, reckons a team should now be built around him.

Speaking to The Sunday Mail (14/02 print edition, page 64), he said: “He’s had to be patient but from the minute he got his chance, he has impressed. The thing that stands out is how calm and unflustered he is on the ball. It is a real indicator of a quality player.

“His first touch is excellent and the fact he is two-footed gives him that ability to manipulate the space around him. There is no doubt this is the guy you can build a team around for years.”

Hartley also thinks he can, one day, be a huge Celtic export, in the vein of Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele.

The Cove Rangers boss continued: “I think he’ll be happy at Celtic just now and if you were looking ahead to next season, he is the guy you would be basing a team around.

“I also think Celtic will be in a position to command top dollar. Look at the way Kieran Tierney has impressed in the Premier League, John McGinn at Aston Villa and Stuart Armstrong at Southampton. There are good players here and I am sure that he will attract a fair bit of attention if he keeps playing the way he is.”

David Turnbull one of the few highlights in grim Celtic season

Turnbull may be part of a Celtic team that has failed greatly this season, but if you aren’t excited by his progress then you have to play closer attention.

Hartley is correct in everything he says about the former Motherwell player. Turnbull is destined for the top, either with Celtic or indeed a major money move away.

David Turnbull celebrates a Celtic goal / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He’s already overcome serious career setbacks and now looks better than ever. He has the natural ability, the personality and determination to succeed.

If he’s this impressive to the Celtic support in a poor team, just think about how good he can be in a successful and fully-functioning one.

In other news, a football finance expert has given his thoughts on today’s interim financial results.