David Turnbull set for Celtic ban; misses crucial games

By John McGinley

December 24, 2022

David Turnbull is facing a two-match automatic ban after being given a straight red card late on in today’s match against St Johnstone.

Turnbull was given his marching orders after VAR reviewed an incident involving St Johnstone goalkeeper Remi Matthews deep into injury time.

The Celtic midfielder went high in an attempt to prod the ball into the back of the net, but caught the goalie high on the chest and was sent off by referee Kevin Clancy.

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Per Scottish FA rules, red cards given for what is deemed as ‘serious foul play’ carries an automatic suspension of two matches, effective immediately.

That means Turnbull will be unavailable for the upcoming trips to Easter Road and Ibrox.

It’s unlikely Celtic will appeal the decision given Turnbull was high off the ground with his boot and did catch the opponent. Although there was no malice in the challenge, you can see why the decision was made.

The reality is he was unlikely to start either match, though he may well have featured off the bench in both, so the suspension does limit Ange Postecoglou’s options to an extent.

The manager does have strong choice in the middle of the park regardless with Callum McGregor, Matt O’Riley, Reo Hatate and Aaron Mooy all available to play various roles.

It’s a personal blow for Turnbull however, especially if he was eyeing the opportunity to get minutes under his belt during upcoming squad rotations during a hectic period.

VAR continues to be an unpredictable beast for Celtic!

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