New Celtic signing David Turnbull is eagerly anticipating the weekend derby against Rangers, speaking to club outlet The Celtic View this week (14/10, page 21).
Turnbull arrived at Celtic Park from Motherwell in late August and has already made a first-team breakthrough, appearing four times in Neil Lennon’s first-team.
Just one of those was a start, but it came last time out against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
He’s been away on international duty with the Scotland U21 team, scoring against San Marino on Tuesday night.
Now the youngster is aiming to take part in Saturday’s massive fixture at home to Rangers.
As quoted by The Celtic View (14/10, page 21), he said: “I’m absolutely buzzing for it. It’s one of the biggest games in the world and I know full well how big a game it is, having grown up in Scotland.
“Even though I was at Motherwell, I still watched all those games. To be part of that will be a highlight of my career so far, and I’d love to be involved.
“I’m more than ready to step in, and whenever the gaffer calls on me, I’ll be delighted to do a job and get in about it.
“Even to be part of it is brilliant and I’m always excited to show the fans what I can do.”
Lennon has a multitude of midfield options to choose from for the derby.
With more experienced heads like Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham available, Turnbull might just miss out on a starting berth this time.
However, the 21-year-old is very likely to part of the wider matchday squad and can still be utilised as an impact substitute.
Ryan Christie won’t play in the fixture, and the former ‘Well man is a natural replacement.
Turnbull has shown in his fleeting appearances so far he has the technical ability required and hunger to impress.
A significant, exciting contribution at Celtic doesn’t feel far away, and where better to start than against that lot across the city?