David Turnbull "stepped it up a level" at Celtic training and caught the eye of Ange

By John McGinley

May 8, 2022

David Turnbull was absolutely delighted to make his first Celtic start in close to five months yesterday.

Turnbull suffered a serious hamstring injury during the Scottish League Cup final in December and didn’t return to training until March.

Even after making his return he had to remain patient opportunities, only getting minutes off the bench until yesterday’s match at home to Hearts.

After also coming through an ankle knock, the midfielder has been trying to catch Ange Postecoglou’s eye in training recently and clearly managed to do that.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Turnbull trying hard to feature at Celtic

Speaking to The Scottish Sun on Sunday [08/05 print edition, page 64], Turnbull said: “It’s been tough at times. After my injury in the cup final I came back from that but then I got another wee niggle with my ankle. So it’s been tough going since then.

“But I’ve been back in training regularly and just trying to get myself back fully fit and training as best I can just for days like today. It was a joy to be out there and just be out on the grass again.

“When I got named in the squad I was really delighted. I feel the last few days in training I’ve stepped it up a level and tried to get my head in there and get in with an opportunity of playing and thankfully I did that.

“Individually, I thought I did well. I just tried to get myself on the ball as much as I could and get a feel for it.”

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Best of Turnbull still to come

It’s fantastic to hear that even at this stage of the season, players are desperate to impress the manager and make it into a starting eleven. Turnbull was ever-present in the first half of the season and is the kind of character to value week-to-week football.

Significant competition for him arrived in January but I don’t think you can say he won’t hold his own up against Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate. He was effective yesterday in that central-left position, helping build attacks.

Turnbull is still just 22. He has significant potential and I doubt we’ve seen the best of him at Celtic yet.

In other news, Nir Bitton to leave Celtic this summer; midfielder speaks about his future.