David Turnbull lauds Celtic supporters after 5 wins on the bounce

By Euan Davidson

August 20, 2021

Celtic and Scotland midfielder David Turnbull has praised the impact of the supporters.

Fans have been gradually let back into Celtic Park over recent weeks. Two European games have sold out, and the atmosphere across the qualifiers, the league and the League Cup has been phenomenal.

That kind of backing doesn’t go unnoticed, and Turnbull knows it. He’s repaying it, too. A double against Jablonec last week reminded fans of just how good the 20-21 Player of the Year can truly be.

Turnbull said [Herald]:

“The fans have been brilliant since the first game they came back.

“It’s great to see them all and the noise is incredible.

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“If maybe somebody has taken a bad touch or whatever, they get right behind them, and it’s just about us working hard and hopefully they see the rewards as well.

“It was tough last year without them. I hadn’t experienced it, but definitely coming into this season they’ve got right behind us and that’s what the team needed.

“They’re pushing us on until the final whistle and it’s great.”

David Turnbull thriving off backing of Celtic supporters

After a protracted transfer saga, David Turnbull arrived at Celtic and, after a bit of a wait, became a key player.

The ex-Motherwell midfielder was excellent in a tough season for the Bhoys. His winning POTY and Young Player of the Year demonstrates that; he was a fair bit better than many of his teammates last season.

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It was a season, though, without supporters. Now, the Bhoys’ faithful are back in their seats. Turnbull has the odd distinction of becoming a fan favourite during a campaign of empty stadiums.

Now, though, people applaud his touches, and delight in his goals and assists.

With a manager and a set of fans who push the team until the final whistle, Turnbull is going to be key in what ought to be a breathless 21-22. The style of football under Ange Postecoglou is inspiring the fans. In turn, what the fans can do is massive.

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