Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson was impressed with the performance of Celtic midfielder David Turnbull against Lille on Thursday night.
It was the form of Turnbull under Robinson at the Steelmen that alerted the Bhoys to his potential and, after remaining patient for a big opportunity, the Scotland U21 international is now on the path towards regular first-team action.
His goal against the Ligue 1 side was a fine reward for his overall Europa League performance and there are calls for him to keep his place in Neil Lennon’s team for the visit of Kilmarnock on Sunday afternoon.
Robinson knows all about his quality and watched his former prospect in action last night, telling our colleagues at Not The Old Firm: “He did well.
“I watched the game, it was a great result for Celtic, a super goal and he was involved in everything they did – but that’s no surprise to us because we’ve worked with him and know the quality that he has.
“I have to concentrate on Motherwell. David has done great, he was very good last night, but what happens after that is really none of my business. He’s a top, top player, we said that and Neil Lennon knows that as well, and I’m sure he will go on to big things.”
Turnbull’s return from injury was successful while he was still at Fir Park, shining for Motherwell in the early stages of this season.
That, alongside last night’s performance, is proof enough he is more than capable of playing well at Scottish Premiership level.
Lennon now needs to put more trust into the 21-year-old and let him off the leash.
Turnbull has the potential to be a leading figure in our midfield’s revamp over the coming weeks.
We all know performances up to this point haven’t been good enough but if the former Motherwell man, and others like Ismaila Soro, can kickstart our season then we might just be able to salvage our quest for trophies.