Michael Stewart lauds Celtic star and 2 reported transfer targets in team of the year

By John McGinley

May 14, 2021

Pundit Michael Stewart has named Celtic star David Turnbull in his Scottish Premiership team of the year.

Stewart has consistently praised Turnbull throughout the campaign, even before he joined the club and started well with Motherwell.

Turnbull has been one of the few bright sparks in the Celtic first-team.

The midfielder is the only Bhoys player in Stewart’s line-up, alongside Steven Davis and Jamie McGrath in the middle of the park.

He told The Scottish Sun: “Two years ago Turnbull had a dream move snatched away from him at the last moment. He had almost a year of rehab, which was a tough situation to be in at such a young age.

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“Then Celtic came back in for him once more and didn’t play him for the first few months! But when he did hit the ground running. And that to me emphasises what a top, top player he is.”

Michael Stewart also recognises two Celtic transfer targets

Turnbull wasn’t the only name of interest to Celtic fans in Stewart’s eleven. The BBC man also honoured Josh Doig and Kevin Nisbet in his team of the year.

Sky Sports reported in January that left-back Doig was on the radar of the Bhoys with regards to a summer transfer.

Meanwhile, there are reports that striker Kevin Nisbet is an option for the club ahead of next season too.

Stewart said of the pair to The Scottish Sun: “Josh Doig has been terrific for Hibs this season. Look where he was 18 months ago. This was a guy who had been left hanging by Hearts.

“Now he’s a regular starter in a side that has finished third for the first time in 16 years. It’s early days but there’s a player there and he’s only going to improve working with Jack Ross.

Reported Celtic target Josh Doig / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“Nisbet is somebody who has taken to life in the top flight like a duck to water with his goals and assists. He dealt with the situation in January with Birmingham well, he got his head back down again. And it looks now as if he will be rewarded with a deserved trip to the Euros this summer.”

There are many promising young talents in the Scottish top-flight right now. Celtic will no doubt be on top of everyone’s potential and value ahead of a critical transfer window.

Could Doig and Nisbet follow Turnbull’s footsteps into the Celtic first-team, or is the former ‘Well man a class above?

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