BBC pundit Michael Stewart believes Celtic should be going all out to build a team around the exciting David Turnbull.
Turnbull signed from Motherwell in the summer in a deal worth a reported £3million deal [BBC]. Since then it’s been a roller-coaster season after David spent the first three months on the outside looking in.
However, after starting and scoring the winner against Lille back in December, he hasn’t looked back. David has gone on to secure seven goals for the club, starting all 16 league games for the club stretching back to December 6th [Transfermarkt].
With six assists to his name and looking on course for a 10-15-goal season, he’s been our shining light this term. And BBC pundit Stewart has urged Celtic to build their team around the mercurial talent.
Speaking via the BBC’s official website, Stewart said: “Celtic should build a team around him… he has all the talent in the world. One of the first times I saw him play I said he was destined for the top. His ability and football brain is there for all to see.
“Everybody has seen the impact he’s had for Celtic since he’s been put in the side. And for anyone who has seen him before for Motherwell, you can tell he’s top class. As long as he has that hunger and desire I don’t see why he can’t go and play at the highest level. I don’t see why Celtic shouldn’t build a team around him
“He has got to be the identikit of what they want to build a team around. He’s young, Scottish and has all the ability in the world. Celtic need to determine who’s staying and who’s going, and Turnbull is right at the top of the ‘who needs to stay’ category.”
Michael Stewart sends Celtic important message; David Turnbull is our future
We all expect a pretty major summer overhaul at the club. We also hope that extends to both the dugout and the boardroom as we look for fresh ideas and a new way of working at Parkhead.
However, just as important as ensuring the clearout is right, it’s vital we keep some of the young talent in place. The likes of Turnbull and Ismaila Soro – we know both of those players will be going nowhere. There’s an overwhelming sense of understanding that their long-term futures are best placed at Parkhead.
But that doesn’t mean their places in the first-team are guaranteed. Just look at how Soro has been in and out of starting XIs in recent weeks. It’ll be interesting to see how next season’s manager decides to use Turnbull too.
Stewart isn’t wrong. He’s the kind of talent you need to build a team around. The kind of reliable performer you know, over the course of the season, will make a major difference if he stays in the side. Turnbull doesn’t need to be reminded of his responsibilities next season – he’ll be well aware of them.
In terms of planning for next season, we have to identify our key assets. Both the individuals that will make us a tidy profit, and the individuals who will be invaluable to our on-field quality next season. Turnbull falls into the latter, with no fears of it being the former.
Many Celtic fans simply can’t wait for this gruelling campaign to be over. This absolute nightmare of a season that’s given us nothing but disappointment. In Turnbull, we at the very least have hope for a brighter future.