DAVID TURNBULL has praised his manage Neil Lennon ahead of this weeks pivotal run of fixtures.

The bhoys play Dundee Utd on Wednesday before the Glasgow Derby this weekend.

David has come from the shadows to centre stage over the last month and a half and now looks certain to start both games as Celtic look to play catch up.

While the midfielder is enjoying his breakthrough, he has heaped praise on the Celtic boss for talking to him, even when he wasn’t playing.

Turnbull talks about having to bide his time and wait for his opportunity to come. But he never felt frustrated and revealed his manager kept in dialogue with him the whole time.

Speaking to SunSport, he said: “The gaffer’s been brilliant with me. When I wasn’t playing he was always talking to me.

“He was telling me to bide my time and assuring me that my chance would come.

“He was right, he showed faith in me by putting me in and I really hope I’ve repaid that.

“I want to continue to do that and I’m grateful to him for putting me in.

“I had shown what I could do at Motherwell and started a lot of games there.

“When I came here I just tried to show it in training as much as I could too.

“So, I’m sure he knew it wasn’t a gamble or a brave decision to put me in — and I always believed I could make an impact.

“I had a lot of confidence from the start to the season I had at Motherwell.

“I felt I was playing well and it was probably the fittest I’d been when I came here.

“That gave me a lot of belief and to get those games under my belt makes me feel that I can kick on again and continue to get better and better.

“It’s finally all paying off and I’m delighted.”

David has shown his worth to the team almost immediately after getting his chance. The former Motherwell man is full of confidence in his own ability and should go from strength to strength in the coming months.

A Glasgow Derby start will likely be his reward for putting in some top performances.



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