Last month, Celtic supporters were rocked by the news that David Turnbull could take his career south of the border after just a year at the club.
He wouldn’t be the first Hoops player to do that, nor will he be the last. However, the fact that he didn’t earn a single minute of action at Euro 2020 should help the club’s cause.
An impressive tournament for the 21-year-old with Scotland will have sent scouts into overdrive but he merely sat in the shadows, still awaiting his second international cap.
Turnbull was their most notable player last term and in the course of scoring ten goals and registering eight assists, he was named Celtic’s Player of the Season.
His numbers were eye-catching for a side who played the vast majority of the campaign without a proper winger.
Mohamed Elyounoussi found the net on 17 occasions but played a lot of his football as a centre-forward next to Edouard.
Attacking midfielder Ryan Christie was forced to play in an unnatural position on the flanks as James Forrest sat out with an injury. Sadly, that role for Christie didn’t go according to plan.
Very rarely did the Scot get in behind, instead favouring to come short and cut inside. He found the net 13 fewer times than he did in 2019/20, exacerbating the need for a direct winger.
Fortunately for Celtic and Turnbull’s creativity, they could find the answer to their woes this summer.
During his first 12 months at Celtic, Turnbull was a creative marvel but wasn’t afforded the opportunity to play balls in behind with his perfect weight of pass. One of the rare occasions we did get to see that in action was on the penultimate weekend of the campaign.
Karamoko Dembele raced in behind against St Johnstone and then latched onto a brilliant through ball by Turnbull to find the back of the net. Dembele may be ready for more first-team minutes this season but Osayi-Samuel is proven.
The idea of seeing Celtic’s star man sliding balls into a player who is so dangerous for the opposition is a mouth-watering thought.
If the Hoops want to score more goals then that method is certainly one Ange Postecoglou and Dominic McKay should entertain.