Celtic star David Turnbull has bene honoured after being named as one of the candidates for the SFWA Young Player of the Year award.
Turnbull is in there alongside fellow candidates Lewis Ferguson [Aberdeen], Nathan Patterson [Rangers], and Josh Doig [Hibernian].
The Hoops man has already won the award once in his career. Back in 2019 after a breakthrough campaign with Motherwell, Turnbull was given the gong, awarded by Scottish Football journalists across the country.
The winner will be announced in newspapers come the end of the season. However, Turnbull has just as good a claim as any of his rivals for the award this year.
The midfielder has become one of the key components of this Celtic side after breaking through back in December. Nine goals and seven assists in 37 appearances reads well for him [Transfermarkt]. It remains to be seen whether he gets a call-up for this summer’s Scotland squad for Euro 2020.
David Turnbull has fine chance of SFWA award
His main rival here, you would expect, would be Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson. Once again the former Hamilton starlet has carried the Dons through a largely disappointing season. With 10 goals and five assists in 39 appearances [Transfermarkt], he may feel he’s entitled to be considered the favourite.
But you can’t ignore the impact Turnbull has made on Scottish football overall this season. He’s been Celtic’s only bright spot in a grim campaign. He’s been the talk of the game up here with plenty bemused as to why he isn’t making international squads already.
You have to say that’s not particularly the case with the likes of Ferguson or Doig in particular. As for Patterson, as much as he looks a prospect, he only really started making a name for himself back in late February/early March.
So David has as good a chance as anyone of winning the title. It would certainly cap off a fine campaign in which he can be proud of individually. Nobody else at Celtic Park can truly say the same.
It also wouldn’t surprise you if Turnbull made the shortlist for the outright Player of the Year award in Scotland either. However, we would be the first to acknowledge the lack of success this season for the football club makes it feel unlikey.
Hopefully, David caps off a huge hear for him personally with another high.