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Celtic: Lennon struck gold on David Turnbull

As Scottish champions Celtic head into the upcoming mid-season break, one man who will likely be ruing this halt to proceedings is Hoops midfielder, David Turnbull, with the Scotland international having hit form once again in recent weeks.

The former Motherwell man had endured a difficult start to the campaign having struggled to dislodge the first-choice midfield trio of Reo Hatate, Matt O’Riley and Callum McGregor, with the 23-year-old having only started seven games across all competitions thus far.

An unfortunate injury to his compatriot, McGregor, last month had opened the door for the playmaker to enjoy a more prominent role in the side, with three goal contributions in his last four top-flight outings a sign that he has taken that chance to shine.

The £16k-per-week dynamo had notably produced a stunning assist to tee up Daizen Maeda in the win against his former club at Fir Park last week, the five-cap gem picking the ball up in midfield before threading a delightful, lofted pass over the top to set his teammate in on goal.

Fresh from that impact off the bench, the 6 foot 1 machine then proved vital in the comeback triumph over Ross County at the weekend, slotting home from close range to pull his side level at Parkhead, before the hosts eventually sealed the win through Sead Haksabanovic.

Such involvement has showcased that Turnbull does clearly still have a key role to play in Ange Postecoglou’s side, having previously been lauded by pundit Alan Hutton for his “phenomenal” form for the Old Firm outfit last term, having scored ten goals and laid on eight assists in all competitions.

While it may be title-winning coach Postecoglou who is reaping the rewards at present of the player’s form, the 57-year-old seemingly has his predecessor Neil Lennon to thank for bringing the Carluke-born ace to Celtic Park in the first place.

The Northern Irishman had overseen a £3m deal for the emerging talent back in August 2020, with that swoop having come just a year on from the initial collapse of the deal as a result of a knee injury.

Despite that initial setback, Turnbull has since proven worth the wait as far as the Glasgow giants are concerned, having now contributed 42 goals and assists in just 95 games for the club since then, after previously registering 23 goal contributions in just 41 outings during his time with the Steelmen.

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Such has been the player’s rise in recent times, he is now reportedly worth as much as £5.6m – as per Transfermarkt – with that figure nearly double what Lennon and co initially paid for his services just over two years ago.

Not that the Bhoys will be contemplating a sale for Turnbull any time soon, amid his recent impressive form, although such a valuation is simply a marker of the midfield maestro’s growth to date.