Celtic’s David Turnbull has admitted that he was left disappointed by Steve Clarke’s decision to snub him last month.
Clarke incredibly decided to leave Turnbull out of his recent Scotland squad. A squad that would go on to disappoint against Austria and Israel before overcoming the Faroe Islands. Turnbull had to watch on despite a breakthrough four months at Parkhead in which he’s been the outstanding midfielder in Scotland.
The Scotland boss’ excuse for snubbing him wasn’t convincing either. Clarke simply stated that Turnbull was “one for the future” [Glasgow Live]. Despite the fact he’s clearly one for the present as he’s been proving with Celtic.
And after netting his eighth goal for the Hoops against Livingston yesterday, Turnbull has admitted he was left disappointed after the snub. Albeit, the Celtic man still retains hope of a Euro 2020 call-up.
“Still a bit of hope”
As quoted by The Herald, Turnbull said: “There is still a bit of hope there. There is hope for everybody. It is just about going out there, performing with my team the way I have been, keep putting in the performances and hope that he takes notice.
“There was a wee bit of hope that I would be involved in the squad. Having not been involved before, that would have been a great experience, but you just need to take it [the omission] on the chin and keep working hard and keep pushing to get that spot.”
“It was encouraging to hear that from the manager so it is about just working hard and if I continue to show him that I know what I am doing and if given the chance I will be ready. Obviously there was that first at Motherwell and then there were a tricky couple of months when I came in at Celtic, but since then I feel I have been doing great. I have been contributing to the team and I just want to keep doing that.”
It’s not even a debate, Celtic’s David Turnbull should be in the squad
It was disappointing to see the likes of Kenny McLean and John Fleck in ahead of Turnbull. It came across as though Clarke was looking to give players based in England the vast majority of opportunities.
For example, had Turnbull been playing for Norwich City, chances are he would be in the squad. It’s difficult to pinpoint what else it is the former Motherwell man has to prove. How on earth can he be deemed as one for the future when he’s bang on-form in the present?
Scotland, outside of John McGinn, are seriously struggling for goals. Especially from midfield. Whenever McGinn is injured or not in a squad for another reason, Clarke is in trouble. March seemed like the perfect opportunity to see whether Turnbull could make the step-up.
It was even more disappointing given it was a new qualifying campaign too. The Euros had been wrapped up and the World Cup qualification campaign was underway. In other words – the opportune time to see some new faces.
David’s hopes on making the Euros squad is admirable. But Clarke has pretty much hinted in the past that fresh talent won’t be bloodied in this summer. He instead intends to give the players who got there their opportunity to thrive.
In all seriousness, that would make sense if we had come through a gruelling qualifying campaign to get there. We managed it via the back door by scraping past Israel and Serbia respectively. Even so, Turnbull’s time will come, but this summer? That feels a touch overly optimistic now.