Possible Celtic captain has no doubts about team-mate's Euro 2020 credentials

By Euan Davidson

May 18, 2021

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor will be heading to Euro 2020.

Barring a last-minute injury, or an incredible about-face from Steve Clarke, the reliable Bhoys vice-captain will be in the Scotland squad. McGregor, who has 29 Scotland caps [Transfermarkt], is just 27, and could feasibly top 50 appearances at least for the Tartan Army.

His club colleagues, meanwhile, are cast in more doubt. David Turnbull has been hotly-tipped as an injury replacement for Steve Clarke. The recently-named PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year has had a fantastic season in the Green and White.

While Scotland have a considerably attacking, creative midfield, Turnbull cannot be ignored. Certainly, Scotland boss Steve Clarke will know the ex-Motherwell man’s prowess. And while nobody is clamouring for Turnbull to start every game, Callum McGregor reckons he’s at least worth a call-up.

He said [National]:

“David could make the step up from the under-21s no problem. I have been hugely impressed with him.

“He has come into such a big club this season but he has handled the responsibility and played so well.

“As a number 10 you are judged on goals and assists, and his numbers are pretty good.

“David has been really impressive in there and he’s a good guy – really humble and down to earth. That’s what you want to see. Good guys getting their reward for working hard.

“I don’t think there is any doubt he can step up to the full squad.”

Cal Mac: holds sway / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Turnbull has turned on the style just in time for Euro 2020

It’s hard to imagine that, had Euro 2020 happened on schedule, Turnbull would’ve been in Steve Clarke’s plans. Despite impressing for Motherwell when he could, injuries wreaked havoc, after a medical at Celtic brought up an undiagnosed cartilage issue in his knee [BBC].

So, the fact that he’s had near enough a full season under his belt, let alone one where he’s been an absolute star, will be the primary thing here. Turnbull got the long-awaited move he craved, and has been able to impress, even if the circumstances weren’t ideal for Celtic this season.

Maybe international football wasn’t the main goal, after all. However, it’s impossible to ignore his form, and his focus will have shifted towards a Euro 2020 berth, one he absolutely deserves. If anything, regardless of how Scotland do, or how much he plays, it’d be the perfect end to a weird kind of season.

Get him on the bus, Steve Clarke.

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