Liverpool's Andy Robertson touches on chats with Celtic star David Turnbull
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has spoken to Celtic man David Turnbull as well as the rest of the Scotland stars who are involved in their first call-ups.
Turnbull was one of three players who were called up by Steve Clarke for the first time ahead of Euro 2020. He was joined by Rangers defender Nathan Patterson and Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour.
The Celtic man is almost certainly the most likely to see minutes at this summer’s competition. Scotland have games coming up against Czech Republic, England, and Croatia in the group stages. And given that Turnbull has been perhaps the most impressive Scottish midfielder in the league this season, there will be big pressure on Clarke to throw him in.
Robertson has discussed all three of the newbies as he revealed he’s moved to chat to all of them, whilst revealing he’s had discussions with Turnbull in the past.
“We have the same agent”
Speaking to PLZ Soccer, Robertson said: “I’ve had a brief chat will all three of them and told them to come in with the confidence they’ve been playing with at club level. Do exactly what they have been doing because that is why they are there.
“My first camp was amazing. Gordon Strachan and the coaches helped with guys like Brown and Darren Fletcher helping me do what I do on the pitch. That’s what I try to say to these boys. They are in there because of what they do on the pitch and the references they’ve had off it.
“David Turnbull I spoke to a couple of times when his Celtic move fell through the first time as we have the same agent. Those three can definitely come to me and hopefully everything will go smoothly for them. I’ve got no doubts, it’s a fantastic squad and group of people. They will settle in quickly and they will love what lies ahead.”
Andy Robertson moves to put Celtic star at ease on Scotland duty
Despite Turnbull’s undoubted quality, there will or at the very least should be nerves. It’s an absolutely monumental moment in his footballing career to have been called up for Scotland for Euro 2020. And for it to be his first call-up too shows the confidence Clarke now has in him.
You can’t underestimate the experience and help of the senior pros of course. Robertson, whilst it may be his first international tournament, has a wealth of experience now representing Scotland. He’ll be a big fan of Turnbull being the Celtic man that he is, so he’ll be doing all he can to help him settle.
As for whether the Hoops midfielder should be featuring – make your own mind up. He’s been outperforming the likes of Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor this season. Both of those Celtic stars will be front and centre of Scotland’s Euro bid.
It would be disappointing if David doesn’t get given his opportunity. You can’t say that he doesn’t have it in him to compete against the likes of Czech Republic and Croatia, for example. He has the quality, but it’s all about how much trust is put into him by the manager.
Scotland’s midfield could do with something different. There’s been a lack of vibrancy in there with only John McGinn chipping in with the goals going forward. Turnbull would add a goal threat and a willingness to shoot from outside the area that Scotland currently lacks.
But it’s Steve Clarke. His decisions have been infuriating in recent months, so we won’t hold our breath.
In other news, this Celtic youngster faces a tough return to Parkhead after massively disappointing loan spell.