David Turnbull has been mightily impressive for Celtic this season.

Sure, it took him a while to claim a starting berth for the Bhoys, but the side look so much more threatening with the ex-Motherwell star in the team.

The Wishaw-born number 10 has been a creative force so far in the Green and White (Transfermarkt), and looks nailed on to start on Saturday.

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It’s been noticed by everyone associated with Scottish football. It’ll be particularly satisfying for another former Motherwell man, Scotland hero James McFadden.

Speaking on Sportscene last night (BBC iPlayer, 30/12/2020), Faddy gave Turnbull a rave review.


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Turnbull celebrates scoring for Celtic / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Impact on Celtic there for all to see”

Yesterday, Turnbull scored once again for Celtic, with a precise, long-distance finish which hit the inside of the post. His overall performance was typically outstanding.

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McFadden, who made 49 caps for Scotland, said:

“He knows where to find space. He’s so composed on the ball, and he’s not just happy laying it off. His technique is so good that he just relaxes. It seems that time just stops for him.

“The impact that he’s had on this Celtic side is there for all to see. The goals he’s scoring, he’s putting up great positions.”


Ex-Aberdeen and Rangers man Richard Foster joined the plaudits for Turnbull.

“He’s got all the attributes to play [number 10]. There’s no panic, no rush, no slashing at the ball.

“He’s an intelligent player, he picks up good spaces, but he’s got the quality to go with it.”

Averaging 2.8 key passes a game and 84.2% passing completion so far this season, Turnbull is the creative spark that Celtic have needed this season (WhoScored?).

In earlier games, the Bhoys struggled to make chances. Lennon’s side laboured to dismal defeats against Ross County and Sparta Prague, for example, while barely laying a glove on their opposition.

With Turnbull in the team, combining with Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie, Celtic’s strikers have had far more chances, as we discussed here.

Given McFadden’s reputation in the Scottish game, Motherwell supporter Turnbull should be delighted to be receiving plaudits like this. A confident player is a better player, and hopefully we’ll see the fruits of that at the weekend.

Earlier today, we discussed Celtic’s goalkeeping dilemma with a trip to Ibrox awaiting the Bhoys.

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