Stephen Robinson lauds Celtic man David Turnbull ahead of big five days

By Euan Davidson

August 25, 2021

Former Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson believes that Celtic dynamo David Turnbull was made for weeks like these.

With the Bhoys facing AZ Alkmaar and Rangers in a vital double-header this week, the hat-trick scored by Turnbull at the weekend has sat the Scotland international up nicely for Celtic’s forthcoming challenges.

Turnbull was even named the SPFL’s Star Player for the last round of fixtures.

That kind of scintillating form has led to praise from his former manager. Stephen Robinson can be credited with truly unearthing Turnbull’s talents, and he’s been full of compliments for the young midfielder.

Robinson said [Sun]:

“He’s excelling with Celtic’s current style of football. I watched one of their games the other day and it was fantastic.

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“David was at the heart of everything, making passes, providing some assists and trying to score goals.

“He’s an extremely laid-back character. Nothing’s going to bother him much.

“And you can bet he’s impatient for the games against AZ Alkmaar and Rangers.

“They are two proper pressure fixtures — but David’s made for them.

“English Premier League and Championship clubs constantly monitored him at Motherwell.

“Norwich City tried to sign David before the original move to Celtic fell through, so I’m certain there will be plenty of clubs tracking his progress.

“But I can’t imagine Celtic wanting to lose him any time soon.”

Celtic will undoubtedly have to fend off interest for David Turnbull

For all the Scottish Premiership is scoffed at across the border, our league’s best players tend to do well in England. It’s not any surprise that English clubs were after Turnbull, just as they were Stuart Armstrong, John McGinn, Andy Robertson et al.

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But Postecoglou will be more than aware of how important Turnbull can be to this Celtic side. Last year’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year, Turnbull was called up by Scotland for Euro 2020. He’s since been given the nod again by Steve Clarke [SFA].

After a slow start – by his own lofty standards – Turnbull’s fitness levels have improved, and he’s able to match the pace expected by Postecoglou. With his obvious technical ability, the Scotland international knows how key he can be to any side.

Just like Robinson says, Turnbull’s contributions could be vital in a double-header that could well define the 21-22 season.

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