Postecoglou: Turnbull’s return vital to Celtic

David Turnbull scored Celtic's winner from the spot

Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou believes that David Turnbull, who’s in prominence once more, might be an vital participant in the course of the last two months of the season.

The 22-year-old is about to return again from a three-month layoff when the Scottish Premier League leaders host Ross County on Saturday.

Turnbull was all the time current at Postecoglou earlier than he tore his hamstring within the Premier Sports activities Cup last on December 19, and by that point he has performed 37 video games this season.

The previous Motherwell midfielder began all however one of many matches earlier than being injured and got here off the bench to conflict with the Europa League winner towards Actual Betis when he was chosen to the bench.

David Turnbull came off with a hamstring injury in the first half
Turnbull tore his hamstring within the Premier Sports activities Cup last on December 19

Postecoglou mentioned: “Dave Turnbull is obtainable, he has been coaching for the previous 10 days.

“He is been improbable for us within the first half of the 12 months and it was irritating for him that he had a reasonably large harm that saved him off the sector for some time.

“However he has labored exhausting in rehab and I do know he’s wanting to get again there. He has been coaching very well for the previous seven to 10 days.

“Perhaps I used to be a bit conservative with him, I may have dumped him final week, however watching him prepare he is able to go and I believe it is going to be vital for us.

“He is a superb participant, a menace to targets, he is good at set items and I believe he provides one thing to our squad.”

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Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou mentioned he’s not listening to different outcomes or the prospect of a six-point lead over Rangers earlier than their title rivals play on Sunday.

Celtic have two wings to return to go to Mackay’s house owners crew however misplaced one other after successful the Scottish Cup quarter-final towards Dundee United.

“Jota and Lille Abada are all good, they skilled all week,” Postecoglou mentioned. “They missed them on Monday night time nevertheless it wasn’t too critical.

“James Forrest recovered a bit from final night time. Once more, nothing too critical however he might be missed on Saturday.”

Kyogo Furuhashi was photographed coaching alone in Lennoxtown this week as he has not appeared since his hamstring harm worsened on Boxing Day. However Postecoglou was as soon as once more reluctant to place any stress on Japan ahead by anticipating a return date.

“We’ll simply wait and see,” the Celtic chief mentioned. “I mentioned some time in the past that Dave was injured earlier than Kyogo may learn what she needed. However with out placing any time frames on him, he is engaged on his rehabilitation and I am certain he might be obtainable quickly.”

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Highlights Livingston vs Celtic within the Scottish Premier League

County challenged Celtic in Dingwall in December because the guests wanted an injury-time win from Anthony Ralston to win 2-1 after Karl Starvelt was despatched off.

“It was a troublesome match, we have been decreased to 10 males, so we needed to battle our manner up and we managed to get three vital factors,” Postecoglou mentioned. “I believe we have been fairly exhausted that day if I keep in mind accurately.

“It will likely be a troublesome check for us, however they’re all robust assessments for the time being. Each match has its personal distinctive challenges.

“They’re in good condition, Livingston was in good condition too. What’s vital is what we ship and our type has been fairly constant.

“Once we convey power and rhythm into our soccer which makes it tough for the competitions, it offers us an opportunity to succeed.”