Celtic assistant boss John Kennedy has tipped David Turnbull to launch himself into the reckoning to make Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad this summer.
Turnbull has yet to make a single appearance for the Scotland senior side. However, after only breaking into the Celtic first-team squad in December, that’s understandable. Over the three international breaks we’ve had this season, the midfielder has been plying his trade with the under-21s, netting against San Marino back in October.
But since then his stock has grown massively. He’s managed 10 direct goal contributions since the start of December, made up of six goals and four assists. His latest was the difference-maker against Aberdeen last night in a narrow 1-0 win at Parkhead.
And after he again proved to be Celtic’s main man, Kennedy tipped Turnbull for a call-up to Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for this summer’s Euros.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Kennedy said: “I wouldn’t rule it out. Steve will have a lot of decisions to make with his squad. Maybe he will be loyal to the guys that got him there. But David is doing everything he can in terms of performances to ask the question.
“That’s all he can do but ultimately it’s Steve’s choice and decision.From a selfish point of view, we just worry about him doing well for us and David has been great.
“He has amazing technical ability and he really works hard at his game. David has been terrific for us. His goal was a piece of brilliance and we are delighted with him.”
Celtic talent David Turnbull will have eyes on March squad; summer dream still on
It’s important for David not to look too far ahead. And looking ahead to the summer would be doing just that considering Scotland have another run of fixtures in March.
Yes, Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad will kick-off their World Cup qualification campaign next month. Games against Austria, Israel (of course), and the Faroe Islands will be on the agenda in a triple-header. Given it’s an entirely new campaign, there’s no need for Clarke to feel any sense of loyalty to those who played in the Euro qualifiers/Nations League.
Turnbull is one of those burgeoning youngsters who must now be looked at. There’s absolutely no way he can’t cut it against the likes of Austria or Israel. In fact, having him in there alongside the likes of Callum McGregor and John McGinn would be a dream trio. It’s something Clarke would do well to try out.
Of course, there are no guarantees that those who perform well in March will make the summer Euro squad. No guarantees they’ll be lining up against Czech Republic, England, and Croatia respectively. It could be the case that the Scotland boss has his squad for the Euros already selected.
Even so, Turnbull can still force himself in there, especially if players need to drop out. Starring for Scotland in March would pile the pressure on Clarke from supporters and the media to include him at the Euros. He’s certainly got the talent, but he’s simply untested on the international scene.
And that’s why, for now at least, Turnbull’s only focus should be on performing for Celtic and making next month’s Scotland squad. That’s the only way a path to the Euros will open up for him.