David Turnbull backs Ange Postecoglou's slack Aberdeen assessment as he targets improvements

By Lewis Laird

August 5, 2022

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull has backed Ange Postecoglou’s comments from last weekend’s 2-0 win over Aberdeen.

The Hoops kicked off the new Scottish Premiership season as they had left the last, picking up all three points with a victory against Jim Goodwin’s new-look Dons side.

Goals from Stephen Welsh and Jota helped the Bhoys on their way on what was a comfortable afternoon for Ange Postecoglou’s side.

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Despite the positive start to the season, in the aftermath of Sunday’s win, the Celtic boss wasn’t particularly pleased with aspects of his team’s performance.

The 56-year-old insisted that there were moments of slack play that frustrated him on the afternoon as the Hoops looked to get back up to speed in competitive action.

Speaking ahead of Celtic’s second game of the season against Ross County tomorrow afternoon, midfielder David Turnbull was in agreement with his boss, stating that the squad knew there were parts of their performance which weren’t up to standard.

He said [Celtic FC]: “It shows you what the manager wants from the boys. We know we put in a good performance (on Sunday), but it could have been better.

“There were small moments where we were slack in possession or gave the ball away. I think we knew that during the game, and it’s just about fixing that.

“It’s not that we played bad, but we just feel we could have done a few things better. But, we know what we need to do, and we’ll try to improve on that every game.”

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It will have been a frustrating six months or so for the Scotland internationalist after picking up a serious hamstring injury last December.

However, overall it was a positive season for the 23-year-old, rounding it off with a goal on the final day and having a big part to play in the first six months of the 2021/22 campaign.

And the former Motherwell is looking to continue his impressive development over the last few years into the new season.

When asked if there was more to come after an impressive first year under Postecoglou, Turnbull said: “Yeah, I’m looking to improve every season, every week.

“I feel I have done that under the manager. He’s brought in his style of football; I feel it really suited me; it’s been great to work with him and see his ideas with different ways to play the game.

“I think on behalf of everybody, we’re enjoying it, and it’ll be good to see how the season goes.”

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Turnbull looks ready to kick on under Ange Postecoglou.

Despite starting on the bench last Sunday, many fans have been in agreement that David Turnbull has been one of the shining lights of pre-season.

The midfielder looks set to go straight back into the starting line-up this weekend due to the injury to Reo Hatate, and it will provide him with a good chance to lay a marker down.

Across the summer, Turnbull has certainly looked hungry to earn a spot in the side, and it is clear to see he is continuing to develop under the manager.

Hopefully, we are able to see him remain injury free for the entire season, which could prove to be crucial in helping Celtic achieve more success this season.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou confirms Celtic midfielder set to miss Ross County trip.