Celtic set to avoid SFA derby disadvantage despite media and rival pressure

By John McGinley

April 23, 2021

Celtic are confident the Bhoys won’t be without David Turnbull for the upcoming derby against Rangers, despite suggestions a ban could be handed out.

Turnbull was yellow-carded for a foul on Aberdeen player Dylan McGeouch at Pittodrie on Wednesday night.

Media outlets such as BBC Sportscene have put a focus on the incident since the full-time whistle, suggesting Willie Collum should have shown a red card for the incident.

That would have ruled him out of the upcoming match against Rangers next weekend.

The prospect of retrospective action has also been mooted by rival fans online.

However, The Daily Record report any Scottish FA action is unlikely because Collum would have to admit he didn’t get a clear view of the incident.

Considering he was a few metres away with no visual obstruction, that’s almost impossible.

The Record say that Celtic are confident that no notice of complaint will be issued and that Turnbull will be able to line up against Steven Gerrard’s side.

A comparison made regarding an Alfredo Morelos yellow card that was upgraded to a red doesn’t apply because Steven McLean didn’t see the Colombian striker follow through with a forearm.

David Turnbull likely to start for Celtic v Rangers

The attacking midfielder has remained one of our most promising performers throughout the season, despite the immense disappointment of our league title and Scottish Cup bid.

It’s crucial he starts against Rangers at Ibrox, being one of the few players who has the ability to unlock an opposition defence.

He still has improving to do of course. For starters, he needs to consistently finish a full 90 minutes and prove to be a reliable presence from whistle to whistle.

David Turnbull in action for Celtic / (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

Whether his fault, or our coaching team’s, he has not been able to last entire games too often this term.

With our season down the pan, the upcoming game against Rangers will be his last chance to truly impress before a new boss arrives at Celtic Park.

In other news, the continued exodus leaves Celtic fans hoping there’s a plan.