Following on from their 3-2 win over Real Betis in the Europa League, Celtic secured their 12th win of the season with a 1-0 win over Motherwell this afternoon thanks to a goal from Tom Rogic.
Even though the Australian managed to score the winning goal for the Hoops, there was one other player that arguably stole the show on this occasion – David Turnbull.
With Celtic having the likes of Kyogo Furuhashi, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Albian Ajeti out injured, Hoops manager Ange Postecoglou chose to play Turnbull through the middle of their attacking line today, and it seemed to have worked a treat.
In the full 90 minutes he was on the pitch, Turnbull managed to make himself a real nuisance for his former side this afternoon by not only assisting Rogic’s winning goal but also by racking up a total of six key passes with one cross and two long balls with 36 of the 40 passes he attempted finding their intended target.
In addition to his passing, Turnbull also managed to have three shots at goal, testing the goalkeeper with one of them.
This overall performance earned the 22-year-old, who has been praised in the past by Alan Hutton for his “outstanding” performances for Celtic last season, an impressive match rating of 8.1/10, making him the highest-rated Hoops player on the day according to SofaScore.
This latest performance reflects the sort of quality that Turnbull has shown throughout the entire SPFL campaign for Celtic with WhoScored listing him as the highest-rated Hoops player that’s currently in Postecoglou’s squad with an overall season rating of 7.72/10.
Since joining the Parkhead club back in August 2020 from today’s opponents, the midfielder, who is currently valued at £4.5m according to Transfermarkt, has now scored 18 goals and provided 15 assists in 67 appearances across all competitions, showing just what a good piece of business it was from the club to get him in a Celtic shirt.
Moving forward, if Celtic are still without the trio of Furuhashi, Giakoumakis and Ajeti for their next game against Ross County in midweek, Postecoglou should have no qualms with playing Turnbull in the same position he played so well in today.