The verdict after Celtic-linked Turnbull & Boyle go head-to-head live on Sky
Some Celtic supporters have been reacting on social media to the performances of both David Turnbull and Martin Boyle yesterday.
Both Turnbull and Boyle have been spoken about regarding moves to Parkhead this summer from Motherwell and Hibernian respectively.
Yesterday they faced each other at Easter Road as Motherwell impressed and managed to end Hibs’ 100% win record with a 0-0 draw. Turnbull was a driving force for the Lanarkshire outfit, but Boyle was often stifled and even missed a one-v-one in the first half.
Here’s a look at what some of the Hoops support thought of their performances, with our verdict following:
I thought David Turnbull was outstanding #hibsmotherwell
— Jungle Bhoy (@jimbhoyx) August 15, 2020
David Turnbull isn't Scottish😂 the amount of composure he has on the ball is unbelievable 🔥big future ahead for him. I wouldn't be surprised if Celtic came back in.
— R Stevenson (@ReeganStevenson) August 15, 2020
I’d take Turnbull & Campbell at Celtic from Motherwell 💯 Shame we have so much quality in that area
— Aaron Connolly (@aconnolly91) August 15, 2020
Martin Boyle would not get near a Celtic team on tonight’s evidence!
— Stevie Postecoglou (@StevenFairlie) August 15, 2020
Martin Boyle is not the answer when it comes to Celtic and 10IAR.
— Alan Craig (@Acraig_67) August 15, 2020
Martin Boyle for Celtic, I'm not convinced 🤔
— EsJay🍀 (@EsJayHH) August 15, 2020
Ideally a winger that can play on both sides and is a good standard…Boyle would just be back up. I like Turnbull but can’t see where he fits in so best leaving him at Motherwell for another year.
— CMac (@CMackie659) August 15, 2020
1st time I have closely watched the boy Turnbull at Motherwell. Defo a decent player with 2 excellent feet. Could still be an option for @CelticFC?
— Mark McGuire (@markmcguire04) August 15, 2020
Admittedly av seen very little of the boy but watching this Hibs v Motherwell game keeping my eye on Turnbull, he seems very much in the mould of Calum McGregor, not at the same level but definitely similar in style
— Stef Mç 🏴 (@BigStef1981) August 15, 2020
C’mon fellow Celtic fans, Martin Boyle?? Is that what were settling for now. He’d be another Riorden. He’s never Celtic class. Just my opinion.
— christopher Wren (@chrisw4231) August 15, 2020
Turnbull tremendous but Boyle blows it
Stat tracking website WhoScored rated Turnbull as one of the best performers throughout the Easter Road 90 minutes, ranking highest amongst the Motherwell starting eleven.
Boyle meanwhile was regarded by WhoScored as Hibs’ worst.
Motherwell dominated the game for large spells and that was largely down to both Turnbull and Allan Campbell. Their movement in the midfield was too much for a static Hibs side to deal with.
If they were a touch more ruthless in the final third, nobody could’ve argued had the Steelmen run away with this one.
The impressive thing about Turnbull is that he just seems to pop up all over the pitch.
You’ll see him turning in the centre of the park and playing a lovely switch of play before, moments later, seeing him on the end of a decent-looking effort from 15 yards out. He’s absolutely everywhere, and promisingly for Celtic, he doesn’t look to have allowed his injury to hold him back.
As for Boyle, this was his chance to really impress a Celtic support who had to watch on with their side out of action for a week.
Hibs were live on Sky Sports yesterday, and being at home, it was always going to be down to the Australian international to light the game up. He didn’t.
Often stumbling over the ball or playing loose passes to his team-mates, we certainly caught Boyle on an off-day. His pace did cause Motherwell’s back-line problems, and he even managed to run off them to get himself one-v-one with Trevor Carson. His effort, however, was easily saved.
Yet the most disappointing aspect of Boyle’s play yesterday was his crossing ability. He didn’t have much bother getting beyond his man, but his deliveries were often low, tame, and easily cleared.
If he’s to really earn a big move elsewhere, he needs to be more ruthless than what he showed yesterday.