David Turnbull’s future at Celtic appears increasingly uncertain following limited game time under Brendan Rodgers. Acquired for £2.75 million from Motherwell in August 2020, Turnbull has recently been overshadowed by on-loan Benfica midfielder Paulo Bernardo and others.

Despite a strong start to the season, including scoring two goals in an opening Premiership match, his appearances have dwindled, with others preferred in midfield roles.

While he has chipped in with his fair share of goals domestically thus far, he has been snubbed by Rodgers in Europe for others. Benched until late on against Lazio on Tuesday night feels like the final snub.

Rumours suggest interest from clubs like AC Milan [Glasgow Times], but any move may wait until January to avoid transfer fees. Turnbull’s contract is nearing its end, and it looks like he might finish his Celtic stint with sporadic appearances before exploring new opportunities.

It’s genuinely regrettable that a player of Turnbull’s calibre hasn’t found a lasting role in Celtic’s midfield. His talent is evident, but it seems he doesn’t quite fit into the team’s current strategy and style. A move could provide the regular first-team football he requires at this crucial juncture of his career.


  1. Never really expected Turnbull to extend his contract, and increasing likelihood that he is potentially for the off imo.
    Had very high hopes for Turnbull as a player, but never really got beyond squad filler as such.
    Never really delivered in the bigger games for ourselves, so is playing against the lesser teams within the SPFL now his limit for ourselves, in trying to gain a starting position?
    Still a reasonable poor player without the football, so not even sure what formation of a team he can really fit into, but a 3 man midfield, certainly isn’t one of them imo.
    Saying that, he remains a very useful squad player for ourselves, especially over the course of a season, yet where is the potential replacement going to come from?
    Especially with the homegrown rule in play for CL?
    Could also include Johnston and forrest into the mix also, and wouldn’t be surprised if Taylor threw his name into the ring also, if as expected a new LB should be signed?
    This 8 homegrown rule for CL is becoming a massive problem for ourselves, which I feared would grow and impact ourselves hugely, starting to really happen now, yet no sign of where these Scottish replacements are going to come from, especially when our development procedure from within remains at standstill mode currently, and little signs of it ever becoming moving again either


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