Scottish champions Celtic recovered from their midweek mauling at the hands of Champions League holders Real Madrid to secure a dramatic victory over Dundee United at Parkhead on Saturday, with Ange Postecoglou’s side now having a firm grip on top spot in the Scottish Premiership.
Just a matter of days after the Old Firm outfit’s 5-1 defeat at the Bernabeu, the Hoops showed great resilience to clinch victory against Liam Fox’s side, scoring twice late on to ensure a remarkable end to proceedings in Glasgow.
The hosts had found themselves 2-1 up at the break courtesy of a clinical double from Montenegro international Sead Haksabanovic, with the 23-year-old scoring either side of a Steven Fletcher spot-kick following what was yet another contentious handball decision to have gone against the Bhoys.
A Dylan Levitt stunner just three minutes from time had looked to have secured a point for the visitors, only for Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada to come to the rescue to make it 12 wins from 13 league games so far this season, ensuring a seven-point gap ahead of rivals Rangers following the Ibrox outfit’s subsequent defeat to St Johnstone on Sunday.
Following that stunning late show, much of the talk was unsurprisingly centred around two-goal hero Haksabanovic, with Postecoglou notably lauding the summer signing for his impactful display, with the 57-year-old stating: “He is really creative, a great technical player.”
The former Rubin Kazan man has had to bide his time with regard to securing a regular role in the side at Paradise, although it would now appear the one-time West Ham United starlet is beginning to showcase his worth on a consistent basis.
The Sweden-born playmaker was not the only man to catch the eye at the weekend, however, with peripheral figure David Turnbull having showcased his quality on what was a rare start for the Scotland international.
Journalist John McGinley had stated pre-match that it was a “big chance” for the 23-year-old to impress, with the former Motherwell man having been restricted to just six starts in all competitions so far this term as a result of injury and the sheer competition for places in the centre of the park.
Having notably laid on an assist in the win over Livingston a week ago off the bench – taking his total tally of goal contributions to five across all fronts thus far – the five-cap menace was again at the heart of proceedings at the weekend, recording 100 touches and making 70 passes in his 88-minute outing.
The dynamic gem was no doubt unfortunate not to have got himself on the scoresheet having seen a brilliant headed effort somehow scrambled off the line after the break, while also having unleashed a fierce effort on goal soon after.
As Glasgow Live’s Ryan Thom noted, it proved to be some ‘much-needed minutes‘ for the 6 foot 1 ace against the Tangerines, with Turnbull likely hoping he can keep his place in the side alongside Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley, amid captain Callum McGregor’s current absence.
That display – which saw the midfielder record an impressive 91% pass accuracy rate and achieve a 7.0 match rating, as per SofaScore – has served as a reminder as to just what the Carluke-born midfielder can offer to Postecoglou moving forward.