Celtic hero David Turnbull reacts to superb Scotland Euro 2020 call-up

By David Walton

May 20, 2021

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull has been reacting to his Scotland call-up for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.

Turnbull has been given his first-ever call-up to the senior squad in what’s a huge achievement for him. It caps off a superb campaign in which the midfielder has made himself one of the most important assets at the club.

There was much criticism of Steve Clarke over the failure to include Turnbull in the squad back in March. However, ahead of our first major international tournament since France ’98, the Celtic man has deservedly been given the call.

Celtic TV carried out an exclusive interview with Turnbull after the announcement was made. Unsurprisingly, he was left absolutely buzzing:

“I’m feeling great. Going into the squad, it’ll just be great to meet up with all the boys. I’m going to try and do my best in training and see where it takes us. I think it’s a dream for every young boy coming up through the youth academies in Scotland. It’s always a dream to go and play for your national team. I’ve been lucky enough to do it on a few occasions with the youth teams. It’ll be good to go and do that with the big team now.

“I’m not expecting anything. I’m just going there to work as hard as I can. It’s down to the management and coaching staff to put their faith in me – it’s up to them and I’ll respect whatever decision they choose.

“It’s a strange game football. I didn’t really play until December, so things in football can turn around quick. It’s just great to get these opportunities – I can’t wait.”

David Turnbull not just good enough for Scotland; he’s good enough to start at Euro 2020

It’s great to see Turnbull get the recognition he’s due. Let’s not kid ourselves however, this should’ve been in the pipeline long ago. Why he was ever snubbed for Scotland’s March fixtures is anyone’s guess.

As it turned out, Scotland badly needed his talents in the middle of the park too. The Scots didn’t impress against either Austria or Israel in the opening two games of their World Cup 2022 qualification group. Much of that came down to a lack of composure and imagination in the midfield.

Outside of John McGinn and Callum McGregor, Scotland struggle for regular midfield performers. Turnbull’s been ready for this for some time. So before Scotland boss Clarke starts acting as though he should be honoured, in truth it’s Scotland who need Turnbull more.

David Turnbull in action for Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

How he was snubbed for so long during his Motherwell days is another question that needs answering. Regardless, he’s in the squad now and looks set to play a part. This isn’t a player Clarke can afford to keep on the bench.

With games against Czech Republic, England, and Croatia coming up, the best players need to be on the park. Don’t tell me that Turnbull doesn’t fit into that category when you look through this Scotland squad.

Even so, don’t be surprised if he has to settle for a back-up role. Clarke has always had his favourites since being appointed. It’s hard to see that changing anytime soon.

In other news, Hibs owner Ron Gordon has had some interesting things to say about player sales after Celtic were linked with Kevin Nisbet.