Celtic star David Turnbull gives encouraging quote on life under Ange

By Euan Davidson

October 29, 2021

Celtic star David Turnbull may have struggled to take to Ange Postecoglou’s style at first, but he’s thriving now.

The former Motherwell man was at the double against Hibs, setting up two of Celtic’s first three goals. His set-piece delivery was excellent, as was his inter-play with teammate Tom Rogic.

You can tell when a player’s happy behind the scenes, because it shows on the park. Turnbull’s recent form suggests exactly that; positive conversations with the manager, stimulating training and results on the pitch.

Last year’s Player of the Year has taken a little while to adapt. The pace of the game under Postecoglou affected Turnbull, but the Scotland international now seems more than capable of fitting into the high-tempo game his manager demands.

Turnbull said of life at Celtic [Celtic FC YouTube]:

“Everybody loves it.

“The training’s great, it’s fast-tempo, everything’s worked on the way we want to play. Going into games we’re starting to do that now, every week.

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“We’re starting to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal and getting the results.

“I’m sure everybody’s enjoying it.”

David Turnbull comments leave little doubt that the Celtic squad is a happy one

David Turnbull, it would be fair to say, isn’t much of a talker. That’s absolutely fine, he doesn’t need to be.

But he seems to choose his words carefully. The former Motherwell dynamo may not have the sharp tongue of Ange Postecoglou, or the comfort of Callum McGregor in front of the media, but he tends to say exactly what he means, and vice versa.

So to go as far as to speak for everyone in the squad about life at Lennoxtown under the new managerial regime? That’s meaningful. Judging by how the players are getting on, the body language and the fluidity the team is playing with, he’s probably right, too.

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What a difference that makes. While harping on about last season is probably somewhat redundant, bear in mind that at one stage, a ‘lounge area’ was the answer to squad disharmony [Sun].

Building a squad, given the circumstances, was hard enough for the boss and the board. So, building a squad of players who share the same aims and values, while seemingly enjoying each other’s company is surely even harder.

In any case, a happy Turnbull is a productive Turnbull. Let the good times roll.

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