Seattle Sounders coach opens up on being blown away by Celtic talent David Turnbull

By David Walton

April 13, 2022

Seattle Sounders coach Andy Rose has opened up on being wowed by Celtic talent David Turnbull during his Motherwell days.

Turnbull came through the youth ranks at Fir Park before moving to Parkhead in the summer of 2020. Since then, he’s become one of the first names on the teamsheet and won over the love of the Hoops support.

Turnbull has recently come off a frustrating injury as he looks to close in on his best form once again.

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And Rose, who played with Motherwell when Turnbull was an up-and-comer, has reflected on the Celtic man’s breakthrough.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Rose said: “One name I speak about a lot from my time in Scotland is David Turnbull. I remember the very first training session he did with us.

“We did a five-a-side. We always did young boys v the middle-agers, and he was the best player on the pitch! He must have been 17 or maybe 18. Nobody was surprised. But I was in awe of his balance, his first touch and awareness. He scored one from outside the goal and I can remember thinking ‘wow, what a player’ when I got home. I was wondering why none of the other guys were as surprised.

“We have a 16-year-old at Seattle who reminds me of David, Obed Vargas, he plays for the USA u20s. Everybody is like ‘wow’ because he’s 16 but it’s kind of normal at Motherwell for an academy product to not look out of place.”

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It’s incredible to think that Turnbull is only 22 years of age. You could be forgiven for thinking he’s a lot older given what he’s already achieved in his short career so far.

The midfielder also plays with an impressive maturity level that belies his years. He’s always shown an incredible level of composure and technique even in the most hostile of environments. It’s no wonder he’s rated so highly by Ange Postecoglou.

It probably says a lot about Celtic that they’ve managed to go on such an extensive winning run without David in the side. When he’s back at his peak levels, he’s going to command a spot in the starting XI once again. That’s not even up for debate.

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Ange is already slowly building up his minutes. Granted, we would hope the injury picked up against St Johnstone on Saturday doesn’t end up being serious.

At this rate, it’s probably best to assume that we won’t see the best of Turnbull until next season. He clearly needs a solid pre-season under his belt. After that, we’ll hopefully have him up to speed.

But these comments from Rose don’t come as a surprise. Turnbull is one of Scottish football’s brightest talents of recent years. You get the feeling 2022 is going to be huge for him.

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