Celtic midfielder David Turnbull got almost an hour of action for Scotland U21s tonight against San Marino.
The new Bhoys signing started the match for the young Scottish side before being substituted off in the 57th minute.
He impressed during his time on the pitch, scoring in the first half and catapulting his team towards an eventual 7-0 victory.
Celtic goalkeeping prospect Ross Doohan, on loan at Ross County also started the match.
Turnbull has started just one match for Neil Lennon since arriving from Motherwell, and the runout is a good boost to the manager’s options ahead of this weekend’s huge clash against Rangers.
With Ryan Christie ruled out due to self-isolation, the 21-year-old has a real shot of playing a prominent role against Steven Gerrard’s outfit, perhaps even from the start of the match.
Lennon may, understandably, determine that the high-stakes fixture is a bit beyond Turnbull right now. He is still settling into life at Celtic after all.
However, he’s shown talent in his fleeting appearances so far and could be an excellent wildcard to deploy on Saturday.
This international break has undoubtedly been a dire one for Celtic, but with Patryk Klimala playing almost a full 90 minutes earlier and Turnbull impressing for Scotland U21s, we can at least take some positives.
The duo will return to Lennoxtown tomorrow with the rest of Lennon’s men coming back on Thursday.
Fingers crossed there are no late dramas ahead of Rangers.