“The gaffer won’t let us take our foot off the gas,” David Turnbull

Ange Postecoglou did not use the result in the early kick-off between St Mirren and theRangers as a motivational tool ahead of his Celtic side taking on Ross County at Celtic Park in the 3pm kick-off on Saturday afternoon. In fact David Turnbull has revealed that he was totally unaware of the the 1-1 scoreline from Paisley until after the dust had settled in the 2-1 Celtic win over the visitors from the Highlands.

And the Celtic midfielder, who scored Celtic’s equaliser in the match, has warned the rest of the Scottish Premiership that the Champions and League leaders – now nine points clear at the top of the league looking down on theRangers – are only going to improve when they return from the Qatar World Cup break.

“Will we get better after the World Cup break? I think so. Hopefully we will have most of the boys back from injury after it. The break will do us good and then we want to come back firing on all cylinders,” Turnbull told the media, as reported by Scottish Sun.

That lead at the top of the table has more than doubled over the past two weekends with St Johnstone taking the points against theRangers last week and St Mirren sharing the points with the latest Ibrox who were four points behind Celtic before last weekend’s fixtures and are now trailing by nine points. They were saved by a ‘VAR Penalty to Rangers’ moment – after Kent bought the award by his usual tactic of ensuring contact then throwing himself to the ground with three rolls for dramatic effect – from needing favours from elsewhere to maintain their fading hopes of winning their second ever title.

“We don’t look at the table. We just go into each game focusing on us and trying to get the three points. We don’t focus on anyone else or their results, it is just about what we do,” David Turnbull revealed. “We are doing brilliantly right now and now we have to keep it going. The gaffer won’t let us take our foot off the gas.

Celtic v Ross County – Sead Haksabanovic celebrates scoring the winning goal of the game with team-mates during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday November 12, 2022. Photo Steve Welsh

“We are going to play every game as if it is our last and try to get as many wins as we can. We have 14 wins out of 15 games in the league, which is great going. We had one blip against St Mirren which was tough.

“We knew after that game we could have played better, but in the other 14 games we have been brilliant. Now we just have to kick on and try to keep winning.”

Returning to his main point, Turnbull revealed that he had no knowledge of the score at Paisley ahead of the game at Celtic Park on Saturday. “I don’t think the gaffer or any of the boys focus on the table. We focus on ourselves and try to get three points in every game. We take each game as it comes, so we don’t really look at the table.

“There is plenty of motivation for the boys every week. The league title is a motivation, every game we play we are always ready to go and play our game style. So far it is going well.

“I didn’t know theRangers result before the game. By the time we got here and got ready, we focused on our own game. I saw it after the match, though.”

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