David Turnbull seized cameo chance; Celtic fans must see more of him vs Lille
Finally, we saw David Turnbull receive a substantial period of time on the pitch for Celtic yesterday.
Unfortunately, it didn’t have the dream ending. Despite coming on for the final 22 minutes of Sunday’s 1-1 stalemate against St Johnstone, Turnbull couldn’t help find a winner as the Hoops slumped to 13 points behind rivals Rangers – albeit with two games in-hand.
However, nobody can say that Turnbull didn’t come on and seize his chance. In the 22 minutes he was on the pitch, he offered so much more than the likes of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor combined.
Notable highlights include his terrific ball over the top of the Saints defence for Leigh Griffiths that should’ve resulted in an effort on goal. He also managed two efforts on goal in his cameo appearance too – the same number as both Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic.
WhoScored gave Turnbull a rank of 6.51/10 for his display, and that’s a fine score for a second-half sub. It shows he made a positive impact even if he didn’t manage to find a winner.
Bizarrely, Neil Lennon stated after the game on Celtic TV that Turnbull “needs to be fitter” along with striker Leigh Griffiths. That’s despite the fact he played five games over the course of August with Motherwell before signing for Celtic.
The cynic in me believes that Lennon simply doesn’t want to drop Brown for any length of time. Whenever he talks about Turnbull he always seems to have some sort of putdown as to why he can’t play regularly.
But you have to take into account the full picture. Brown has been poor all season, and it must’ve took all the strength Lennon had to bring himself to hook him before the hour mark yesterday.
Turnbull looks in every sense like his natural successor, and deserves to be given the chance to show that against Lille in our Europa League dead-rubber on Thursday night. If anything could be labeled a “risk-free” game, it’s almost definitely that one.
It remains to be seen if Lennon gives him his first Celtic start of the season, but the fans were certainly satisfied with what they saw from the ex-Motherwell starlet:
David turnbull got to be starting every week for Celtic. Always passes foward, good range of passing and always available for the ball. Great player 👍🏻
— Chrissy Mcclure (@chrissymcclure1) December 6, 2020
Turnbull looks far more forward thinking than brown.
We need that.
But again without any width is very easy to set up against Celtic.
Line of defenders along edge of box, knowing noone is getting in behind them
— Judging EBTs:guilty (@AitkensDrum) December 6, 2020
Turnbull looked decent ..about the only positive I can take from today’s shambles #celtic
— Alessandro il fiducioso 🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹 (@Yossarian_sco) December 6, 2020
Get David Turnbull in from the start btw
With such a poor result I’ve glossed over it a bit. Thought he actually looked positive. Got to give the boy some minutes to show more of what he can do
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) December 6, 2020
david turnbull has immediate effect, should be starting regularly now that he's recovered from covid
— Dom (@dom_od26) December 6, 2020
Turnbull had more of an impact in 30 mins than brown all season.why has he been on the bench all season ?. Yet again can't make a change at half time he has to go he's destroying our club
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