Confirmed: David Turnbull returns to Celtic contention after month out

By John McGinley

December 5, 2020

Neil Lennon will again have David Turnbull to call upon this weekend after his COVID-19 diagnosis left him on the Celtic sidelines.

Turnbull hasn’t made an appearance for the Bhoys since October, coming off the bench in the 3-3 draw away to Aberdeen.

He fell ill on Scotland U21 duty last month and has been missing ever since.

However, the manager has confirmed he has now come through his barrage of tests.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Lennon said: “Turnbull will be back for the weekend.

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“He’s had the Covid thing, so he’s done all of his testing, his heart testing and his physical testing.

“Hopefully, he’ll be in the squad for the game.

“He’s done his isolation and he’s done all of the tests, so he should be available.”

Turnbull hasn’t exactly been exposed to a lot of first-team action so far this season.

In fact, he’s started just once, with the rest of his appearances coming from the bench.

It seems unlikely that the manager will give him a starting berth this weekend.

However, with the midfield needing some fresh ideas and fresh thinking, it would be a crowd-pleasing move from Lennon if he was to introduce the former Motherwell star back into the fold.

David Turnbull in Celtic training this week / (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He was in excellent form for the Steelmen before his transfer to Celtic Park and is more than capable of shining at Scottish Premiership level.

A midfield of say, Turnbull, Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic, would be a fascinating one. It might just have the combined creativity, steel and legs to break down the Perth side while protecting against counter-attacking football that has done us in so often lately.

All eyes will be on Lennon’s team announcement tomorrow.