Birthday Bhoy on Charton Athletic friendly and being ready for Celtic’s Champions League Test

Birthday Bhoy David Turnbull can’t wait to get back into action under the guidance of the New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou. The 22 year old attacking midfielder was one of the scheduled late arrivals back at pre-season, having been called up to the Scotland squad for the European Championships.

Now though he’s back in the thick of it at Celtic’s training camp in Newport, South Wales and is looking forward to getting back into action this afternoon for the 3pm kick-off against Charlton Athletic, which is available to view on your Pass to Paradise and also for non-season ticket holders via a Celtic TV subscription.

“It’s been a good week of training since we arrived here and the boys who played the other day have done a wee bit more,” Turnbull told Celtic View editor Paul Cuddihy. “It’s all building towards the first competitive game but today will be a real challenge.

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“We didn’t have much of a break so we had to do a wee bit on our own and then straight back into it after a week off. It’s been brilliant getting to see everyone again and meeting new faces, and it’s been a great start to the week,” Turnbull added.

“It’s still pre-season so it’s about building up the minutes and getting ready for the new season. That’s what we’re looking to do this week and, hopefully, most of the boys will get the chance to do that.

“The qualifier is sooner than you might think. We’re only just over a week away and that’s great for us really, getting straight back into it after not too long off. These few games in pre-season will stand us in good stead going into it.

“It’s about training well every day as hard as you can and taking that into games week-in-week-out,” the Celtic midfielder added. “Sometimes we have midweek games so there’s not much rest but that’s what we thrive off and, hopefully, we can do more of that this season.

“I’m looking forward to it. The games come thick and fast and there’s not really much more you can ask for as a player. It’s about getting down to work now, getting a few games under our belt and see where it takes us.”

While many of the younger players got a run-out against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, today’s game will give Ange Postecoglou his first opportunity to see many of his first team players in action as he looks ahead to selecting his line-up to face Midtjylland in the Champions League qualifier in ten days time.

We might know more about who Ange is planning to play in that game after today’s friendly against what looks like being a very young Charlton side. Kick-off is at 3pm.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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