Celtic and Hibernian slugged it out to a 1-1 draw this evening, with David Turnbull turning it on again.
Turnbull was given a central role tonight in terms of his position and responsibility. When Celtic supporters saw the starting line-up, Turnbull would’ve been the name that excited them.
In fairness, the Hoops started with a host of senior players. The likes of Jeremie Frimpong, Shane Duffy, Diego Laxalt, Callum McGregor, Turnbull, and Ismaila Soro were all selected from the beginning.
However, David was the man who stepped up when Celtic needed him to. With just under 10 minutes remaining, the midfielder won and scored a terrific free-kick just outside the penalty area. It should’ve proved to be the winner but for a late equaliser from Kevin Nisbet in added time.
Outside of that stunning moment, our best chance of a goal was through quick accurate passing outside the penalty area. That’s where Turnbull was given big responsibility in the main tonight.
Celtic vs Hibernian looked ominous; Turnbull should’ve been the difference
He came close to an opener early on with a rasping drive from 25 yards. After that, he was central to similar efforts from Ismaila Soro and Diego Laxalt. These openings all came from Turnbull trying to take the initiative and using his drive to open up some space.
Granted, his influence waned a touch in the second half before his goal. You could sense the former Motherwell man was tiring. Even so, it looked as though his influence was dropping. Until his colossal moment as he bagged another heroic goal. Just a shame it didn’t prove to be the winner.
And it’s a sign of how far Turnbull’s come. Just over a month ago he was barely getting a look-in at Celtic. Now he’s being given the responsibility of ensuring we have a goal threat from the midfield.
It was always going to be difficult for anyone to really shine tonight. Hibs are a solid outfit, and always tend to turn up against the Hoops. Given the week of controversy the club has had and the players missing tonight. It was a decent effort from many out there given the circumstances.
And, not for the first time, Turnbull has taken plenty of plaudits for his own display:
David Turnbull is a very good footballer.
— Kris Johnston (@krisjohnstonn) January 11, 2021
👊 Duffy & Welsh have been solid
🧤 Hazard has stepped up when needed
⚡️Johnston looking dangerous
☄️ Turnbull & Soro at it again
— Celtic FC Talk (@CelticFC_Talk) January 11, 2021
Turnbull and soro are the new era Celtic build around them and we will be ok ✅
— bhoy 1973 (@1973Bhoy) January 11, 2021
Turnbull is so good
— Joe Walker (@CelticWalks67) January 11, 2021
David Turnbull btw 👏🏼
— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) January 11, 2021
Turnbull and Soro deserve better than this utter dross
— Megan (@heyitsmegx) January 11, 2021
I can't praise enough how brilliantly David Turnbull is adding to this team. He's a cracking young talent and will become the backbone of the team for years to come!
— Rab Smith 🏴 🍀 (@whitisthecraic) January 11, 2021
David Turnbull is simply top drawer.
— 🍀 (@GlasgowGandW) January 11, 2021
One day we will know why Turnbull has spent too much time on the bench or outside the pitch…
— Argentina CSC 🇦🇷🍀 (@Argentinaceltic) January 11, 2021