David Turnbull outlines what's gone on at Lennoxtown since Celtic Hampden defeat
Celtic midfielder David Turnbull has stated that the Hoops stars “haven’t really spoken” about their loss to Rangers as he outlined what’s been going on at Lennoxtown.
Ange Postecoglou’s side were left rocked last Sunday as a 2-1 loss to the Ibrox side ended our treble hopes. The defeat was even more frustrating given how Celtic were viewed as heavy favourites heading into the contest.
However, the importance of keeping a level head can’t be underestimated. Celtic are still only 3 wins from the Premiership title, and can cross off one of those in today’s clash with Ross County in Dingwall.
Turnbull will be hoping to make a big impact in that one. And as he continued his preparations for the trip to the Highlands, he explained what’s been happening at Lennoxtown since the Rangers game.
As quoted by the Herald, David said: “It has been fine. We have had a great week. We had the day off on Monday and we came in on Tuesday and put the game behind us. We haven’t really spoken about it. We are just looking forward to the game against Ross County.
“We had a meeting on Tuesday – but we do that after every game. It is part of our preparations in the lead-up to a new game. The weekend was Callum [McGregor] getting the boys together and just getting us to all look forward to the final push of the season.
“The boys are all focused. We know what we need to do. Everyone is calm about it. We are taking each game as it comes and it is very much about continuing to do what we have been doing all season and just stick to playing out style of football. The lads always block out the outside noise. We know we just have to focus on the training pitch and in games and we always take each game as it comes.”
Celtic need a big response to prove they have their eyes on the prize
These are promising words from Turnbull, but they are at the end of the day only words. What Celtic really need this afternoon is a powerful reaction on the pitch against Malky Mackay’s County side.
If Celtic are able to rack up a heavy victory in the Highlands then it will say a lot about how well we’ve managed to switch our focus. It would allow the fans to be safe in the knowledge that the loss at Hampden won’t derail us.
Words can’t undermine just how important this game is today. If we slip up then it opens up a whole range of unwanted questions heading into the final few weeks of the season. It also piles the pressure on us ahead of our game against Rangers next weekend.
Make no mistake, victory over County today is essential. Yes, we have a decent advantage at the top of the Premiership. But failing to get the job done this afternoon will lead to a media narrative many Celtic supporters can’t be bothered listening to.
It’s promising to hear that the players haven’t been dwelling on the Hampden defeat at Lennoxtown of course. We can’t allow that match to define our season. It’s imperative we stick to the reality of the situation here.
Rangers would love to be in Celtic’s position at the moment. We still have the psychological edge here, and hopefully that shows in Dingwall today.