Celtic star David Turnbull makes first international start live on TV tonight

By Euan Davidson

June 2, 2021

Celtic star David Turnbull has won his first cap, and first start for Scotland.

It’s fantastic and very welcome news for the former Motherwell man, as the Celtic midfielder has won a place amongst a fairly Bhoys-heavy Scotland side. Turnbull will line up alongside Jack Hendry, James Forrest, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie, team-mates he’ll be comfortable playing with.

There are also starts for former Livingston striker Lyndon Dykes, while former Bhoys Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney and Stuart Armstrong also make the first-team.

It’s the first act of preparation for Scotland ahead of Euro 2020. Steve Clarke, who will reportedly be offered a new contract, led the Tartan Army to its first major tournament since 1998. 6 Celtic players feature in the squad, and all but Greg Taylor make the team to play Holland tonight.

The Dutch team will be missing Virgil van Dijk for the Euros [TalkSport]. Former Celtic and current Liverpool defender van Dijk is out with a long-term injury, have damaged an anterior cruciate knee ligament earlier in the 20-21 season.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Huge opportunity for the Celtic and Scotland contingent

As we speculated earlier, games like tonight are a huge opportunity for Celtic. With 7 players missing after John Fleck’s positive Covid result, there was always a chance for some fringe players to get a start. Of course, ‘fringe’ in the context of a tournament squad means something very different. But even then, Clarke will have a reliable XI in mind for the Euros.

From a Celtic fan’s perspective, tonight will be an excellent chance to watch one of the Bhoys only positives from this season. Supporters clamoured for Turnbull to be in the Hoops side for months before he was fully ready for selection. From the minute he touched the turf at Celtic Park, however, he’s been an absolute star. The move up in standard hasn’t phased him whatsoever.

The match is on Sky Sports Main Event, kick-off at 7.45pm.

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