Celtic midfielder shakes off injury scare; winger returns from 3-game absence for derby

By John McGinley

April 15, 2022

David Turnbull has shaken off an injury scare to make himself available for Sunday’s match against Rangers at Hampden, Ange Postecoglou has revealed.

Turnbull was on the receiving end of some heavy tackles against St Johnstone last week with the Celtic boss later sharing he’d presented at training with a “pretty hard knock”.

However, in his press conference today he confirmed that Turnbull had returned to team training this week and was fine.

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James Forrest is also back in training and returns to contention for the manager.

Forrest has been missing since picking up an injury in the Scottish Cup quarter-final against Dundee United. He hadn’t been training until this week and sat out of matches against Ross County and Rangers, as well as St Johnstone.

Although the winger hasn’t had the best of seasons at Celtic, mainly due to injury, he is rated by Postecoglou and is likely to be included on the bench.

Let’s also not forget it was Forrest who scored in Celtic’s last semi-final at Hampden against St Johnstone in November.

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All this means that Giorgos Giakoumakis is really the only senior playing missing for the derby encounter, which is very welcome.

I feel Celtic will benefit from squad depth in this game more than most, especially if the match goes to extra-time.

The five-sub rule means Postecoglou will have lots of second-half options to freshen up a team against an opponent that might not have as much luxury on that front.

It’s also worth noting Turnbull was a big part of the manager’s plans in the first half of the campaign, scoring nine goals. He has the quality to have his say at the national stadium.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou comments on what Kyogo Furuhashi’s doing in Celtic training bode well.