David Turnbull discusses the positives of key Celtic summer change

By Lewis Laird

August 5, 2022

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull has discussed the ‘strange’ changes to the Hoops’ summer preparations due to automatic qualification in the Champions League.

The 23-year-old has made a positive start to the new campaign, coming off the bench last Sunday to assist Jota’s spectacular second-half strike.

Turnbull also made a good impact during the Bhoys’ pre-season preparations and looks set for a starting role in this weekend’s trip to Ross County.

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Of course, this summer hasn’t been a normal pre-season for Ange Postecoglou and his side, with the prospect of no European qualifiers in July and August.

This has allowed the squad to focus on getting off to a positive start on the domestic front and provided players with an uninterrupted period on the training ground.

Speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow’s game, Turnbull was asked for his thoughts on the change in pre-season preparations.

The midfielder insisted although it felt a little strange in comparison to previous years, it gave the squad a good chance to work towards the first few competitive games of the new season.

He said [Celtic FC]: “It’s been a bit strange, compared to the past few seasons.

“But I think it’s given us a wee bit of time to do more on the training pitch and our pre-season over in Austria. A few more pre-season games as well, it’s about getting fitness, and I feel it’s been different, but it’s been good.

“Just kind of building towards the first league game last week, and then it’s about continuing that on.”

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Celtic squad will be fit and firing by the time competitive schedule ramps up.

With the competitive action kicking off last weekend, Ange Postecoglou’s squad were looking sharp during the win over the Dons.

Having that five-week period of pre-season training allowed the Hoops to get up to speed just in time for their return, and it is great to see us looking in brilliant shape for the season ahead.

However, despite the positive victory, after the game the Celtic manager admitted there is still much more to come from his squad, who were at times slack in possession.

Supporters are extremely excited to see this side hit their best form, and I believe that will come within the next few weeks, thanks to the work that has been done in Austria and at Lennoxtown.

The likes of David Turnbull coming into the starting line-up will only help raise our levels, with players battling it out for a place in the team.

In other news, Postecoglou brilliantly details importance of Celtic squad depth with latest media response.