David Turnbull superbly compared with two Celtic legends

By Euan Davidson

February 18, 2021

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull has earned comparisons to Paul McStay and Tommy Burns.

That’s praise indeed for the former Motherwell man. In the depths of a discussion about Celtic’s win over Aberdeen, PLZ Soccer’s Alan Rough made his claims about Turnbull. The Scotland youth international scored from 25 yards out against the Dons, sealing 3 points for Celtic.

Subsequently, Bhoys assistant boss John Kennedy talked up the midfielder’s chances of making the Scotland squad. Here on 67 Hail Hail, we made the exact same case. Still, talk of Scotland caps is one thing; to be compared to immortal Celtic icons is something different altogether.

Celtic man David Turnbull: McStay’s composure, Tommy Burns’ elegance

Joined by Hugh McDonald, Steven Naismith and Peter Martin, Roughie pontificated about Turnbull’s style. He told the PLZ Soccer Football Show [YouTube]:

“He has the same composure [as McStay] and he’s got the same style.

“[Turnbull] is very elegant on the ball and can see a pass. I would put Tommy Burns in that category as well. I’m not saying he’s as good as them, all I’m saying as he looks like a similar player.

“It’s been a long, long while since I’ve seen any Scotland midfield player who gets anywhere around 18 yards, 22 yards and has a pop. He’s having a pop all the time and he’s not frightened to pull the trigger when he’s at a certain distance.

“Even in the game last week he had 4 or 5 from the same area. I think that’s always good if your strikers are getting marked very tightly.”

Now here’s a photo: Burns (L), Tosh McKinlay (before Celtic) and Paul McStay (R) / (Photo by Allsport UK /Allsport)

Let’s not get carried away, but Celtic midfielder David Turnbull has excellent potential

Now, Roughie’s comments were about the style of Celtic star David Turnbull, not his ability. Still, it’s very easy to get excited about the midfielder’s immense potential.

What’s interesting is that Alan Rough compared Turnbull to two one-club men. Surely, there’ll be Celtic supporters hoping that Turnbull commits at least his best years to the club, if not his entire career. Not that we ask for much, of course.

The Wishaw-born 21-year-old still has a lot to accomplish before he can truly be ranked next to icons like McStay and Burns, of course. However, if he’s able to keep up the form we’ve seen over his debut season, there’s potential for Turnbull to become a legend in his own right.

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