David Turnbull: Rotation key to maintaining Celtic success

David Turnbull was named on the substitutes bench last night for his return to Motherwell. The player who moved to Celtic from Fir Park does have a history of putting his old team to the sword, which was always a good omen for bringing him on later into the game. Ange Postecoglou did just that and both he and the player reaped the rewards in the end.

Speaking to Celtic TV after the match last night, Turnbull was happy that he was able to come into the field of play and contribute, after it looked like Celtic were beginning to labour over the line in Lanarkshire.

Talking of the goal and assist, he said: “I don’t really know what happened with the throw-in – and then the ball fell at my feet.

“I saw Daizen run and I think there were a few others to the right, so it was just about picking the right pass. And I did that and, thankfully, Daizen stuck it away.

“It was a tough game. We created some chances, but not as many as we normally do. Sometimes you get days like that. But it’s about grinding out the result and the boys did that in the end and it’s a great three points.”

Turnbull has seen his game time limited this season despite the fact that some midfielders have moved on since last year. However, this is mainly down to the form of January signings Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate. On his ability to rotate with his teammates to help the pursuit of more silverware, he added: “It’s great, it’s good for all the lads, competition is always good for everybody and it’s about performing when you get your chance.

“If you’re coming on in games or starting games, it’s about impacting on them and all the boys are doing that at the moment. It’s completely different to last year, there were games thick and fast and we didn’t have as many bodies. Since January and the summer, we’ve strengthened massively and it’s good for rotation as well for the boys, as if somebody’s tired, you know you can give them a rest and they’ll perform as well.”

Looking ahead to the final fixture before the World Cup in Qatar, Turnbull and his teammates are remaining vigilant. He added: “Ross County is another huge game. We’ve go to the end of the block of games on a high and we’ve been kind of perfect domestically, so it’s about continuing that on Saturday. And, of course, hopefully we can get the three points we need.”

Watch David Turnbull’s interview below…

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