Michael Stewart has disagreed with Steve Clarke’s decision to leave Celtic midfielder David Turnbull out of his Scotland squad for upcoming fixtures against Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands.
Turnbull has been in excellent form for the Bhoys this season despite our disappointing form as a collective. He’s been one of the only few bright spots for supporters.
It led to speculation that Clarke may choose to call him up and give him a chance to shine on the international stage.
However, the Scotland boss chose to go with other midfielders such as John Fleck and Kenny McLean.
For Stewart, it was the wrong decision.
Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland on Thursday night (20:55), he said: “I’d have him in it. I really would.
“Even if you were sticking with the numbers that he has, I’ve got to be honest and say that I would be dropping one of the midfielders and putting David Turnbull in.
“As harsh as that would be on a Kenny McLean, football is harsh at times, and I just think Turnbull is a special player. I would have him in my squad.”
Turnbull hasn’t just shown progress at Celtic, he’s also been a part of Scotland’s youth international sides in the past, so the Scottish FA should be well aware of his potential.
Surely it would have made more sense to give vital experience to a 21-year-old with his whole career ahead of him rather than opting for someone such as McLean?
It’s a disappointment, for sure. Ultimately though, the fewer Celtic players that go away on international duty during the current pandemic the better.
Hopefully the situation provides real motivation for Turnbull to shine against Rangers this weekend. It could also fire him up to make the Scotland squad for this summer’s European Championships.