Sky Sports pundit tips midfielder to be key star for Celtic this season

By Lewis Laird

July 28, 2022

Former Celtic striker and Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker has tipped Hoops midfielder David Turnbull for a starring role this season.

The 23-year-old has been a consistent performer for the club since joining from Motherwell in the 2020 summer window.

However, last season the Scotland internationalist’s season was hindered by injury after picking up a long-term hamstring issue in December of last year.

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Despite his injury issues at the start of 2022, the midfielder remained one of the highest contributors in front of goal for the Bhoys last campaign after a strong showing in Postecoglou’s first six months in the Parkhead dugout.

The midfielder will now be looking to carry his best form into the 2022/23 campaign, and Turnbull looks well in the mood to do that based on his performances in pre-season.

Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker has also backed Turnbull to do exactly that, insisting he has the ability to be an ‘important player’ for Celtic should he stay injury free.

He said [Sky Sports]: “The player to watch out for at Celtic Park is David Turnbull.

“He was injured for most of last season, but I like the look of this goalscoring midfielder. I expect him – injury permitting – to be an important player for Celtic, and I also expect him to make more appearances for Scotland.

“I think he’s the type of player that can thrive under the management of Ange Postecoglou because he’s very much a team player, and he gets goals from the middle of the park and has great potential for both club and country.”

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Turnbull looking to continue strong start to the season and kick-on.

Coming into the new season, it is fair to say that much of the talk surrounding the midfield three was the excitement to see the performances of the likes of Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley.

And whilst the Celtic duo have been impressive in pre-season, David Turnbull also appears to have stepped his performances up a notch.

The midfielder has made a solid goal-scoring start to pre-season and has put himself in a good place going into the competitive action.

At this point in time, I think it seems likely Hatate and O’Riley will be the two players starting in midfield this coming Sunday.

However, I don’t think any Celtic fans would be disappointed to see Turnbull’s name on the teamsheet this weekend.

I am sure he will be putting the pressure on for his place in this side, which can only be healthy going into what is expected to be another extremely busy and competitive campaign.

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