James McCarthy leaves Celtic teammate impressed with his "brilliant" Aberdeen moment

By David Walton

November 29, 2021

Celtic midfielder James McCarthy left teammate David Turnbull hugely impressed with his key moment against Aberdeen at Parkhead yesterday.

McCarthy managed to complete his first 90 minutes for the club 3 months after joining against the Dons in a big day for his Celtic career. Ange Postecoglou invested some trust into him, and it’s fair to say he repaid it with a fine second half display against Stephen Glass’ side.

McCarthy helped see the game through in confident fashion, limiting Aberdeen on the counter and ensuring the defence had an easy time of it. However, he also played a vital role in the winning run.

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It was James’ ball into Liel Abada that created the one-v-one from which the winner came from. The ball was then cleared off Callum McGregor and bounced into the net for 2-1.

And speaking after the game, Turnbull was quick to highlight McCarthy’s influence as he gave his midfield colleague a big pat on the back. As quoted by the Daily Record, Turnbull said: “He did excellently in his first 90 minutes.

“Macca was brilliant and showed his bit of quality at the second goal with a nice wee chop and great through ball to Liel and I think he showed throughout the game how good he can be.

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“We are going to need everybody. You saw a few boys getting coming on as subs late on, and a few boys got called on earlier. We are going to need to count on everybody as there are a lot of games coming up in December and it is about sticking together and working as a team.”

David Turnbull gives James McCarthy his Celtic backing

McCarthy certainly won over some doubters yesterday. At least for the time being. It was an accomplished second half display after what had been a disappointing opening 45 in which his influence on the game was difficult to spot.

In fact, you could go as far as to say McCarthy was making even the simplest of stuff look akward. Whether it be a touch and pass or simply his attempts to control the ball – everything looked sloppy in the early stages. Perhaps due to the magnitude of the occasion and opportunity that was presented to him.

However, it must be acknowledged that he was a vital presence for the midfield in the second half. After Lewis Ferguson slotted home his first-half penalty, there’s a reason he was anonymous afterward. He was totally snuffed out the game by a Celtic midfield that just wasn’t giving anything away.

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McCarthy in that sense did what he had to. His mandate was to help Celtic control the midfield and see the game through. He did that and we took home another priceless 3 points. You can’t have a pop at him after Sunday’s display.

However, this is new ground for the player. He hasn’t had a full 90-minute performance or even one in which he impressed the supporters. How he builds on it will determine how his Celtic career pans out and what level of impact he’ll make in the second half of the campaign.

But make no mistake, yesterday was massive for him. Here’s hoping it’s the start of his Celtic renaissance.

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