As we all know by now, both David Turnbull and Patryk Klimala managed to make a positive impact for their respective nations’ under-21 sides last night.

Turnbull bagged himself the second goal in a 7-0 hammering of San Marino, whilst Klimala nabbed an assist as a result of a superb strike that rattled the cross-bar.

Celtic striker Patryk Klimala

Celtic striker Patryk Klimala / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was a promising contribution from both men as Celtic’s fringe players made their mark on international duty ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Rangers.

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However, in this article, we look at clips of both goals last night for those who haven’t yet managed to see them. It’s fair to say that both were moments of genuine quality from the Hoops pair:

A timely confidence-booster for both

These are exactly the kind of clips and stories you want to see in the run up to such a crucial derby at the weekend. Both Klimala and Turnbull will take a lot from their goal contributions here, and that bodes well for Saturday.

 

Turnbull’s goal in particular was quite a solid piece of technique. Rising to power a header back across goal and into the far corner? That will do his confidence no harm.

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In fact, Turnbull’s aerial threat was a standout on more than one occasion too. As it turns out, it appears to be that he should’ve had another that was ultimately not given despite it looking as though it had crossed the line:

As for Klimala’s strike, it was yet more evidence of the strong level of technique that exists within the Celtic fringe players.

Collecting the ball from a corner, he hits a venomous effort that rattles the crossbar and appears to stun the Bulgarian under-21 defence. His ball-control and ability to get the shot away quickly were key factors in the goal too.

With regards to what both goals meant for their respective sides – Scotland now sit second in their Euro under-21 qualification group, but are only one point behind the Czech Republic with a game in hand. As for Klimala’s Poland – they now drop six points behind first-placed Russia, but could secure second if they win their game in-hand. It remains to be seen whether they would be one of the best-placed runners-up.

In other news, we discuss why the next two days are crucial for Celtic’s pursuit of Alfie Doughty.

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