Celtic fan favourite David Turnbull has won countless plaudits this season.
The former Motherwell man has been colossal for the Bhoys. In 22 Premiership appearances in the Hoops, Turnbull has contributed directly to 11 goals [Transfermarkt]. That’s not even taking into account the incisive passes he makes in build-up play, and his troublesome delivery from set-pieces.
Turnbull, however, would admit it’s probably a bit easier with some quality playing ahead of you. Certainly, the Celtic youngster is keen on his teammate Odsonne Edouard, who has performed dutifully during a difficult campaign. Troubled by injury and Covid-19, the Frenchman has still topped 20 goals for the season.
— Odsonne Edouard (@Oedouard22) February 18, 2021
Turnbull said [via Daily Record]:
“Yeah, [Edouard] is world class. He is a great player to play with. I can link up well with him. You know he is going to do something magic or play a one-two with you. We are on the same wavelength. It is good playing with him.
“And I think I learn from the game intelligence of the older boys really – the Cals [Callum McGregor] and the Broonys. They give you wee points and you learn off them every day on the training ground from what they do.”
Celtic man David Turnbull coy on Scotland chances
There’s little doubt Turnbull would contribute as effectively for the national team. Still, the creative midfielder is staying humble amidst clamour for a call-up. With Stuart Armstrong, John McGinn, Billy Gilmour and others in his position, Turnbull is keeping things in perspective.
“Obviously if [a call-up] happens it would be a great bonus and a great feeling for me and everybody involved with me.
“I am not looking at that just now, I am just taking it game by game. But if that happens it would be a bonus.
“Obviously we have got great players in the team who have done well for both club and country over the years. I would like to follow in their footsteps and do the same. Whether that happens or not I don’t know. But I hope so.”
10 points for diplomacy, but Turnbull’s form is getting increasingly hard to ignore if you’re Stevie Clarke. The Scotland manager may be reluctant to tinker with a winning formula. However, the Celtic midfielder brings long-range shooting and unique creativity to any midfield.
Even though Edouard is likely to move on in the summer, the future still looks bright for David Turnbull and Celtic.