"Great for us"; Celtic star David Turnbull has no fears for Champions League clash

By Euan Davidson

July 10, 2021

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull can’t wait for an early return to competitive action in the Champions League Qualifiers.

Turnbull, who went to Euro 2020 with Scotland, was voted as both Celtic’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year for 20-21 [Celtic FC]. The 22-year-old is determined to get off to a flyer this campaign. After joining Celtic, it took time to get settled in his debut Bhoys season.

Turnbull didn’t feature as Celtic failed to get past the Champions League qualifiers last season [BBC]. He’s determined, though, to get through pre-season and test his mettle in Europe.

Speaking to Celtic’s in-house media, Turnbull said [Celtic FC]:

“[The Scotland players] didn’t have much of a break so we had to do a wee bit on our own and then straight back into it after a week off. It’s been brilliant getting to see everyone again and meeting new faces, and it’s been a great start to the week.’

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“It’s still pre-season so it’s about building up the minutes and getting ready for the new season. That’s what we’re looking to do this week and, hopefully, most of the boys will get the chance to do that.

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“The qualifier is sooner than you might think. We’re only just over a week away and that’s great for us really, getting straight back into it after not too long off. These few games in pre-season will stand us in good stead going into it.”

Celtic star David Turnbull: ready for Champions League

It’s hard not to get swept up in Turnbull’s enthusiasm. Part of me wishes we could play FC Midtjylland today, rather than Charlton Athletic.

Given how scarce a break Turnbull has had, you’d have forgiven him for wanting to take it easy. His heroics in 20-21 often kept a poor Bhoys team competitive in tougher moments. All the while, he was bossing European football in a key statistical area, showing off his vast creativity.

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Yet, despite all his efforts, all Turnbull wants to do is get going again. It’s a fantastic attitude that’ll serve him well under Ange Postecoglou. From what we’ve seen so far, the Greek-Aussie boss is extremely demanding of his first-team squad.

Turnbull will fit right in, and surely be integral to Postecoglou’s plans. With Celtic fans desperate to claw the title back from our rivals, the ex-Motherwell man will need to be at his imperious best.

We may see the Scotland midfielder returning to action for the Hoops today at Dragon Park. Nigel Adkins’ Charlton Athletic will square off against the Bhoys in our second pre-season friendly this summer.

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