Celtic were never going to be able to do anything right after last night’s 1-1 draw with Hibernian at Parkhead – not even bringing out David Turnbull.
Supporters were already seething with the club for taking the trip to Dubai. In addition to that, the fallout that has left 16 Celtic players and staff members self-isolating has only fuelled that anger.
The only thing that was going to calm the storm last night was three points. Overcoming a solid Hibs side at Celtic Park with a decimated first-team squad was always going to be a major challenge. In the end it proved too great.
Kevin Nisbet’s late equaliser cancelled out Turnbull’s superb free-kick. As soon as that ball struck the net to seal the Edinburgh outfit a point, Celtic knew they were in trouble.
Trying to find the most acceptable way to get the post-match interviews done, they turned to the goalscorer. Turnbull was wheeled out to try and explain what went wrong.
Celtic vs Hibernian another blow; David Turnbull one of very few bright spots
As expected, Celtic tried to paint a picture of how it was an unlucky point. That Celtic, despite having a lot of youngsters on the pitch in the closing stages, took the game to the Leith outfit.
But the situation just doesn’t allow that sort of leeway. For those who were still desperately clinging onto hopes of 10-in-a-row, they saw them dashed last night. Celtic now need Rangers to lose four games just to be level with them. Oh, and we’ve to win all remaining 18 matches too.
It’s fanciful stuff and some may even categorise it as fantasy. So taking that into consideration, it wasn’t a big surprise to see Turnbull take to the post-match duties. Celtic know he can’t be criticised by the support for everything he’s giving.
In fact, you’re talking about a player who’s becoming absolutely adored. One of the only shining lights of the season. They knew by getting him in front of the cameras that criticism was going to be down to a minimum.
But many Celtic supporters took a different view. Some viewed it as the club bringing Turnbull out to save face. To take some of the heat off of them.
Here’s a look at how some of the fans reacted to David’s interview last night:
Brilliant try and fob is off with someone who's playing well again
Get soro out next
— Celtic Fc To The Core (@CelticFc_Core) January 11, 2021
Sending a 20 year old who’s been here a season out to face the media after a game like that hardly seems fair https://t.co/Wszn7lSXvd
— ︎🔑🏃♂️ (@kjaydoch) January 11, 2021
please stop using him in an attempt to appease us in some way
— Georgios Stepharas (@chibchenko) January 11, 2021
Don’t wheel him out to do your dirty work. Get the people in charge out infront of the cameras
— Sacktheboard (@Sacktheboard2) January 11, 2021
Aye thats what to do bring him out to try avoid the negativity that you know is coming.. just go away Celtic
— Christopher McGinlay (@ChrisMcGinlay14) January 11, 2021
That’s it, roll out 1 of the only glimmering lights of the season, well played Celtic.
Otherwise silence is deafening.
— Jordan Rafferty (@RiffraffJ13) January 11, 2021
Feel for you pal shining light, but the failings of our great club have let us all down, Lawell and Lennon out.
— Joe67🍀🇮🇪 (@Joem69Joseph) January 11, 2021
sending out the players that have played well
— Some cunt (@StupendousPaddy) January 11, 2021