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Celtic: Willie Miller hails David Turnbull

Celtic: Willie Miller hails David Turnbull - Celtic News

Willie Miller has applauded Celtic midfielder David Turnbull for shining under ‘enormous scrutiny’ at Parkhead this season.

The Aberdeen legend, who is a member of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, was speaking to The Sunday Post about the 21-year-old.

The lowdown

After a knee problem scuppered the move in 2019, Celtic returned to seal a £2.7m deal with Motherwell for Turnbull last summer.

He has gone on to make 31 Premiership appearances this season, featuring in every game since the start of December. The 21-year-old has scored seven goals and provided five assists in the top flight.

Turnbull has averaged 2.7 key passes, 1.7 accurate crosses and 1.2 accurate long balls per 90 minutes (via WhoScored). No player in the Celtic squad is creating more chances per game.

Turnbull was nominated for the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Young Player of the Year Award, but was edged by Hibernian left-back Josh Doig, who has been on the Hoops’ transfer radar.

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Miller pointed out that Turnbull has arrived at Celtic in hugely challenging circumstances. The Hoops have endured a dismal season, their run of nine titles in a row ended by a dominant Rangers and their Europa League campaign over before Christmas.

There has also been a change of manager, of course, with Neil Lennon making way for John Kennedy at the end of February, but Turnbull has ‘kept his head up’ throughout it all, in the words of Miller.

He told The Sunday Post: “If you talk about a player joining Celtic during the last decade, you are looking at slotting them into a winning side, one that is picking up trophies while performing with lots of confidence.

“In the case of David, though, he has gone in at a time of turmoil when things are going and anyone involved is coming under enormous scrutiny.

“To go into a new club under those circumstances – and to keep your head up and prove not only that you belong at the level, but that you can shine there – says a lot about him.”

The verdict

In a season of very few positives for Celtic, Turnbull’s excellent campaign definitely stands out, and Miller’s point about him coming to the club during a chaotic season is a pertinent one.

If there is to be a rebuild at Parkhead this summer under new management, he is one of the players around whom the new-look side should be assembled.

In other news, what did Doig have to say about his links to Celtic?

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