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Celtic: David Turnbull ran the show vs Ferencvaros

With Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side heading into Thursday’s Europa League clash knowing that nothing but a win would preserve their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage, it would be understandable if the 56-year-old was feeling the pressure shortly before kick-off.

However, a third-minute strike by Kyogo Furuhashi would have certainly settled any nerves on the Celtic bench, before Jota fired the Bhoys ahead once again shortly before the break after a cruel deflection off Josip Juranovic had drawn Ferencvaros level.

A spectacular through ball from Kyogo for Liel Abada saw Celtic take a 3-1 lead at the Groupama Arena midway through the second half, and while Myrto Uzuni did pull a late goal back for the hosts, the Hoops were more than worth the 3-2 victory they took back to Glasgow.

While Kyogo, Jota and Abada will steal Friday morning’s headlines as a result of their goals, the performance of David Turnbull in central midfield also deserves considerable praise.

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Five key passes

With Tom Rogic being ruled out of the match due to injury, Postecoglou was presented with something of a selection headache in the middle of the park, as the pivot of Callum McGregor with Turnbull and Rogic in more advanced positions on either side of the 28-year-old has been working extremely well for Celtic in recent weeks.

However, with Nir Bitton coming into the team as the holding midfielder and McGregor joining Turnbull in a more advanced role, the trio immediately looked as if they had been playing together in their new respective roles all season.

Indeed, over his 90 minutes on the pitch, Turnbull was continuously making things happen for Celtic, with the £4.5m-rated maestro enjoying 74 touches of the ball – the third most of any player to feature in the match – completing 42 passes, completing his one attempted dribble, making five key passes and creating one big chance for his teammates.

The player who Alan Rough dubbed a “quality” talent also had two shots at the Ferencvaros goal, won eight of his 11 duels, made one interception and two tackles and drew five fouls for his side.

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These returns saw the £14k-per-week midfielder receive a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 8.2, with no player from either team being awarded a better rating than the 22-year-old. It is not difficult to see why, as Turnbull ran the show for Ange Postecoglou’s side on Thursday.

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