Celtic hero David Turnbull explains why he didn't celebrate against Motherwell

By David Walton

October 17, 2021

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull has explained his lack of emotion after bagging a stunner against Motherwell yesterday.

Ange Postecoglou’s side ran out convincing 2-0 winners at Fir Park in a big afternoon for the club. With Rangers, Hearts, and Hibernian all dropping points, it was essential Celtic seized on the results.

The Hoops were 1-0 ahead through a fine Jota strike, but it was Turnbull who sealed things in the second half. His strike from over 25 yards out flew into the top corner with a left to right swerve in what was perhaps his most stunning goal since signing for the club.

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Surprisingly, it was met with just a casual walk to his teammates when you would’ve expected more joy to be bursting out of the Celtic man. But as quoted by the Scottish Sun, Turnbull has moved to explain why he stayed reserved:

“Everyone knows what kind of club Motherwell are and how they helped me when I was younger, so I wanted to be respectful. I knew beforehand I wouldn’t celebrate because I spoke to my family about it.

“They were asking me what I’d do if I scored a goal and I told them I wouldn’t, I’d just leave it. Obviously I wanted to score, but I didn’t want to celebrate too much. I felt like doing it because it’s a great feeling every time you score and that was no different, but I’d decided I wasn’t going to do it.

Motherwell 0-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

Motherwell 0-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

“It was hard to stop myself, but I was delighted to put the ball in the top corner anyway. Hopefully I can score more of them in future and will be celebrating them as I want to.”

David Turnbull made first Celtic appearance in front of packed Motherwell crowd

It’s important to remember everything Motherwell have actually done for Turnbull in the past. This wasn’t just the case of a player refusing to celebrate against a club he played for. You have to look deeper than that.

When Turnbull’s Celtic move was called off due to medical issues in the summer of 2019, the midfielder spent months in rehab. After undergoing knee surgery, he only made a handful of appearances for the Steelmen in the 2019/20 campaign as the Fir Park club stood by their man and ensured he had the best treatment going.

Celtic would snap him up in the summer of 2020 whilst he would break into the first-team squad several months later. But it’s always terrific to see a player who’s moved on to greater heights refusing to forget what his previous club did for him. Especially in Turnbull’s case.

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Even Celtic ourselves have a lot to thank the North Lanarkshire side for. They looked after Turnbull during his injury troubles before we swooped in. So you can hardly fault him for thinking it wasn’t overly-appropriate to go daft at a place he used to call home.

Credit to him. It can’t have been easy considering it was perhaps the best goal he’s ever scored for Celtic. Perhaps even in his career. It was outrageous and should be the talk of the weekend’s action.

Hopefully, it’s just the start of Turnbull coming back to life in a Celtic jersey once again.

In other news, Boli Bolingoli has now shone in both of his big Celtic opportunities this season