The stats that show just how good Turnbull and Abada were for Celtic yesterday

By David Walton

August 22, 2021

It may be obvious to say that David Turnbull and Liel Abada were the stars of the show for Celtic against St Mirren yesterday.

After all, Abada netted twice whilst Turnbull helped himself to a hattrick in the 6-0 mauling of the Buddies. Scoring five of our goals on the day, it’s clear they were the standouts.

However, the stats behind their displays show just how incredible they were. Ange Postecoglou is constantly stressing the need for his teams to go for the full 90 minutes. Nobody typified that philosophy more than the two standouts.

As rated by stat-trackers WhoScored, both Turnbull and Abada were both given fantastic 10 out of 10 displays.

Hattrick hero Turnbull managed to get off a superb eight efforts throughout the game. Four of which were on target as he looked to punish the St Mirren backline whenever he could.

Turnbull, also managed to bag a superb 104 touches throughout the game. This is the highest of any player on the pitch yesterday. Not to mention the fact he also has four key passes to his name too [WhoScored].

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But he isn’t the highest when it comes to the key pass stat. Instead, that goes to Abada, who incredibly made seven throughout the St Mirren clash in addition to his two goals.

He also managed five shots against the Buddies. Two of which were on target. That’s the second most productive on the pitch outside of Turnbull.

Abada managed 69 touches of the ball too. To put this into perspective, that’s 40 more than Odsonne Edouard and 37 more than Kyogo Furuhashi. Granted, the latter came off for the final half-hour.

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Showing his efficiency down the wide-area, Abada managed a fine seven crosses against St Mirren too. The highest of any of the wide players on the pitch. A stat that shows just how keen Abada is to beat his man and get quick balls in.

There was so much to like about Celtic yesterday. The impressive stats stretch beyond just Abada and Turnbull too. We’ve yet to even mention Furuhashi’s 100% passing accuracy, or Anthony Ralston’s five key passes and six crosses.

So many areas of Postecoglou’s team are flying at the moment. However, when it came to yesterday, both Abada and Turnbull rightly take the acclaim.

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