“Yeah, he is World Class,”Turnbull on Edouard, “He is a Great Player to play beside”

Celtic’s match-winner against Aberdeen David Turnbull has been speaking to the Mainstream Media. Topics discussed included the impact he’s made on the Celtic side since making the breakthrough after a few months on the bench, the teammates who have impressed him and the chances of making Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the Euros this summer. On his own breakthrough as a first team starter the £3m summer signing from Motherwell is clearly optimistic that there’s much more to come from him in a Celtic shirt.

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“I would say there is more to come,” Turnbull said, as reported by Daily Record. “Obviously, I have scored another goal, but I would like to add more and get more assists. I want to keep creating more chances in every game.

“I feel I have been in great form and have scored some great goals. I would just like to keep adding to that, to continue creating and scoring as many as I can.”

The stand-out Celtic player for Turnbull is the club’s talisman Odsonne Edouard who if truth be told has been somewhat subdued this season. He has improved recently though and his double at Perth last Sunday suggests that a return to top form is on the card for the rest of this frustrating season. Turnbull though is clearly a huge admirer of the French Under 21 star striker who is more than likely going to be leaving the club in the summer. Enjoy playing with Odsonne while you can, David!

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“Yeah, he is world class,” Turnbull admitted. “He is a great player to play beside. I can link up well with him. You know he is going to do something magic or play a one-two with you. We are on the same wavelength. It is good playing alongside him.”

And the chance to play alongside the likes of the legendary Celtic captain Scott Brown a Rolls Royce of a player in Callum McGregor is something that the former Motherwell man appreciate greatly.  “ I think I learn from the game intelligence of the older boys – the Cals and the Broonies. They give you wee points and you learn off them every day on the training ground from what they do.”

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The recent run of victories is almost certainly too late to salvage the season but it’s clearly crucial as the team building looks to begin with next season in mind. It is going to be a summer of considerable change at Celtic.

”Confidence is coming because we are winning games,” Turnbull added. “That is a good run we have gone on now. Every game we go into we feel more confident. Any time you win, you feel more confident. It feels good when you get the plaudits some of the time, but it’s a team game. Every game I have been involved in I feel the team has done well. It is just nice to contribute however I can.

“We have got pride to play for. We will keep pushing until everything is mathematically done. We are just going to keep pushing in every game and try to get the wins. The confidence keeps coming with every win we get. We push on and I am sure we will be able to do that.”

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As far as the Euros is concerned Turnbull’s form must be attracting the attention of such a shrewd manager as Steve Clarke who if things had gone slightly differently after Neil Lennon left Celtic the first time, could have been the Celtic manager. Maybe his chance will come?  Turnbull isn’t obsessed with making the Scotland squad though. If he doesn’t make the Euros his time will come thereafter to make an impact for the national side.

“Obviously, if that happens it would be a great bonus and a great feeling for me and everybody involved with me. I am not looking at that just now, I am just taking it game by game. But if that happens it would be a bonus.

“We have got great players in the team who have done well for both club and country over the years. I would like to follow in their footsteps and do the same. Whether that happens or not I don’t know. But I hope so.”

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