Celtic youngster David Turnbull has won the PFA Scotland Young Player Of The Year award, voted on by his fellow professionals.
It was announced earlier this evening. The other nominees were Josh Doig, Ali McCann and Nathan Patterson.
The PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year 2021 goes to:
🏆 David Turnbull (@CelticFC)
— PFA Scotland (@PFAScotland) May 16, 2021
Turnbull has had an excellent campaign since joining from Motherwell last year.
Initially having to bide his time for a Celtic opportunity, Turnbull eventually broke into Neil Lennon’s plans and cemented his place in the team with a superb performance at home to Ligue 1 side Lille in the UEFA Europa League.
He’s scored ten goals this season and assisted eight more, bouncing back from a horror knee injury that threatened to scupper a big-money exit from Motherwell. [Transfermarkt]
The Scottish youth international has shown exceptional mental fortitude to overcome that.
He’s now an outside candidate to make Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the upcoming Euros, an experience that would be hugely beneficial for him.
Turnbull is also well-placed to be one of the players who can really shine under a new manager. If he’s impressed in such a poor Celtic season, he can only really get better and improve in future years.
Previous winners of this prestigious award include Kieran Tierney, James Forrest, Shaun Maloney and Aiden McGeady, highlighting the kind of potential he has.
All of those players achieved great things at the club.
Congratulations David. I hope you can use it as motivation to do even better next season.