Scotland supporters stunned with Celtic star David Turnbull omissions

By David Walton

September 5, 2021

Scotland supporters have been left perplexed after Steve Clarke again snubbed Celtic midfielder David Turnbull against Moldova.

Turnbull started the game against the minnows on the bench. In his place instead was Billy Gilmour and John McGinn. This followed a similar trend after Turnbull was also omitted from the starting XI vs Denmark last Wednesday. Kenny McLean was given his spot in that one.

Almost insultingly, Turnbull was given five minutes against Denmark. Once again vs Moldova last night, he was given the same length of time from the bench. McLean, meanwhile, who was poor against Denmark, came on with 17 to play against the Moldovans.

Last night, Scotland needed a convincing win and performance to get fans back onside ahead of a massive game against Austria on Tuesday night. However, their failure to win the game more than 1-0 has left supporters disappointed once again.

It was clear what Scotland needed last night. An attacking midfielder who would take the game to the opposition and have shots from range. That was the only way we were scoring on the night given our combination play was all over the place.

Key Scotland role continues to evade David Turnbull

Why, then, Clarke felt the need to keep our biggest midfield threat on the bench is anyone’s guess. Let’s not forget that Turnbull has started the season with five goals and one assist in 11 games. He’s a staple of Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic team. Yet, for some reason, he can barely get a runout under Clarke.

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Turnbull was taken to the Euro 2020 tournament over the summer too. He didn’t manage a single minute of action in the competition despite Scotland failing to win a single game.

Clarke now has two wins in 10 games. Those have come against the Faroe Islands and last night against Moldova. It’s clearly time for something different to freshen up the side. Turnbull would be the ideal man to provide that. Yet to matter what he does in green-and-white, Clarke seemingly doesn’t want to know. Or at least that’s what his team selections perceive the situation to be.

Scotland are in Austria needing nothing but a win to keep their World Cup qualification hopes alive. Clarke should be looking at his alternatives to try and bring a renewed vibrancy to the team. Turnbull, meanwhile, should be at the top of that list.

But no doubt come the game in Vienna we’ll see the usual nonsense. Turnbull will be on the bench whilst those less deserving get game-time and disappoint.

It’s something the Scotland supporters appear to be fed up with too. Reacting to Clarke’s usage of Turnbull last night, here’s what the Tartan Army faithful had to say:

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