No cause for alarm at David Turnbull's lack of Celtic game time so far

By John Reid

September 18, 2020

David Turnbull has made a fairly low-key start to his Celtic career. The recent signing from Motherwell has made one substitute appearance for the club, against Ross County.

That is a bit different from his time at previous club Motherwell, where he played five league games for the Steelmen this season before joining Celtic.

It seems that some Celtic fans want to see Turnbull more involved than he has been so far. A recent 67HH article featured some Celtic fans on social media who want to see the player start against Livingston on Saturday.

Manager likely to stick with favourites for now

That probably won’t happen, as Neil Lennon is likely to stick with his tried and true midfield. However, there is no need for any alarm at Turnbull’s lack of game time so far.

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With respect to Turnbull, who could go on to be a Celtic very good player for the Hoops in the future, he was never likely to just walk into Celtic’s midfield.

Has to compete against multiple players

The Celtic midfield has a lot of players in it, good players that have won multiple trophies at that. Those players – like Scott Brown, Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor, will be the first choice players at the moment.

David Turnbull and Jeremie Frimpong (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It is different in defence, where Shane Duffy has quickly become a regular. The Hoops’ need in defence is greater than it is in midfield. Also, it should remembered that Duffy is only on loan at Celtic, whereas Turnbull has a long-term deal with the club.

Turnbull obviously will get chances to play for the Hoops this season. He is too good a player not to.

However, he might have to bide his time to become a regular. That is absolutely fine if that is the case. It took Ryan Christie a long time to get into the Celtic side, and now he is one of the first names on the team sheet.

Therefore, there is no need for any concern about Turnbull’s start to life at Celtic. His time will come, and before you know it he will become a first-team regular.

In other news, some Celtic fans have given their verdict to the Europa League play-off draw.