Turnbull doesn't like being questioned on the past; Celtic star only eyeing future

By David Walton

December 20, 2020

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull has admitted that he doesn’t like being asked about the darkness of his injury hell.

Turnbull was due to sign for Celtic back in the summer of 2019. However, after failing a medical, the former Motherwell man had to undergo knee surgery – leaving him out of the game for eight months.

But after returning and making an impact with the Steelmen this season, now bigger and better things await him. He’s now in contention to start for the first time in a Scottish Cup final later on today. And after starring in the last two games against Lille and Kilmarnock, Turnbull’s quickly making a name for himself in Glasgow.

And that’s all the ex-Motherwell academy star wants to look at now. No more dwelling on the past and no more talk of his injury rehab.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Turnbull said: “What’s happened in the past is where I want it to be – in the past. My only interest now is the future, looking ahead and making sure I move forward. When I’m asked about the injury, I prefer not to speak about it.

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“I always knew I’d get back to playing at this level, I never doubted it. To be honest, I reached that point at the start of this season. It has been a case of business as usual, everyone has been doing their best in training and giving 100 percent.

“Now our focus is on this Cup Final – our training is over so we will see what happens. In training we have done a bit of shape work but the manager hasn’t given anything away.”

Turnbull’s rise to Celtic stardom deserves constant recognition

Turnbull may not want to talk about it much, but it deserves constant recognition. We’re talking about a player whose career could’ve been dead and buried. A player who was told his big move to Celtic was off and that he would require surgery.

Any return from that is absolutely incredible, but the speed in which Turnbull has managed it is all the more impressive. And make no mistake, it’s not as if he’s here to be a squad player.

Turnbull is firmly in line to start today’s Scottish Cup final vs Hearts. In fact, he’s the fans’ favourite to do so, and if he doesn’t Neil Lennon will undoubtedly be criticised for failing to select him.

David Turnbull celebrates scoring for Celtic / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The fact is he couldn’t have envisioned a better next 18 months or so after his move to Celtic collapsed. It is, in every sense, a dream turnaround for him. It’s fair to say he’s making the most of it too.

He may not like to discuss it, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be appreciated. If nothing else Celtic have an immense character at the club with tremendous inner strength. That’s a skill that’s essential for those who want to make a success of it in Glasgow.

The early signs are ridiculously promising. Another impressive performance against Hearts at Hampden today, however, and the excitement will only crank up further.

In other news, Lennon has fired a dig at the media for dodging positive narrative on Celtic star.


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