Kieran Tierney speaks "regularly" with Celtic captain; lauds "legend" David Turnbull

By David Walton

June 1, 2022

Kieran Tierney has revealed that he communicates regularly with Celtic captain Callum McGregor as he lauded both he and David Turnbull.

Tierney has been watching from down south as Celtic managed to reclaim the Premiership title at the first time of asking. It also came in McGregor’s first year as Hoops captain whilst Turnbull also played a huge role in the first half of the season.

Tierney never got a chance to play with the latter but was part of the Brendan Rodgers era that saw a trophy-laden few years for both himself and CalMac.

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Kieran has been addressing the form of his Celtic-owned Scotland teammates, and he couldn’t speak highly enough of the Hoops’ midfield duo. As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Tierney said: “I speak to Callum regularly. I’m so happy for him and how his career’s going. He was a natural fit for Celtic captain and the title success has underlined how good a leader he is. He’s a top player and an even better guy.

“The Bull’s a legend. Again, I’m happy for him how he’s come back from injury, particularly the knee issue of a couple of years ago which was very tough. I’m close to him, he’s a good friend and he’s a quality player.”

Scotland are due to face Ukraine in tonight’s World Cup playoff match at Hampden. Both McGregor and Turnbull will hope to play a big part.

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It’s been a huge campaign individually for both Turnbull and McGregor this season. Their contributions to the cause have been invaluable, even if David has been sidelined for several months beforehand.

It’ll mean more to McGregor in particular of course. Many questions were asked over the summer regarding whether he could take Scott Brown’s place as Hoops campaign. He’s answered any an all doubters with yet another season in which he’s led from the front. Only this time he’s got the armband he deserves.

Turnbull, meanwhile, will undoubtedly be wondering “what if”? He managed to accumulate 10 goals and 8 assists in 42 appearances this term [Transfermarkt]. Of course, only one of those goals was scored in the second half of the season due to a hamstring blow holding him back for several months.

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It’s incredibly exciting to see how Turnbull performs under Ange if he keeps himself fit for a full season. Given how quickly it took him to adapt to the new manager’s methods, we’re expecting big things next year.

Of course, of primary importance for both men is tonight’s World Cup playoff tie. Victory over Ukraine will leave both men as well as Celtic teammates Anthony Ralston and Greg Taylor just 1 game away from Qatar 2022.

Fingers crossed they seize the opportunity. Nothing would round off this season better than booking their spot at the World Cup.

In other news, Lewis Morgan believes he would’ve thrived at Celtic under Ange Postecoglou