David Turnbull is enjoying the competition which exists within the Celtic squad and has hailed his teammates who have put Celtic in a strong position heading into the winter break.
The Hoops faced a demanding 13 games in 43 days since they returned after the last international break but have so far managed to keep a perfect record in the league during those run of fixtures which has given Ange Postecoglou’s team a seven point lead at the top of the SPFL Premiership.
There has been much rotation from game-to-game which Turnbull had admitted he is thriving on and that it has only served to make the Hoops stronger as they have powered on in the league.
Ange Postecoglou wants his team to finish on a high tomorrow before heading into the World Cup as they host Ross County at Celtic Park but they are not taking anything for granted after they had to grind out a result at Motherwell on Wednesday evening.
It was always going to be a difficult period as the midweek into the weekend matches ramped up with the teams fitness and mentality being tested but the additional fixtures have given all the players a chance to improve their fitness and get regular game time.
“When you are playing these games thick and fast you feel more fit. The more games that come, the fitter you get. So boys were thriving off it and getting fitter every game. It’s been good for everybody.
“I’d say we just take it each game at a time. We would take the weekend game and then during the week when we had a game it’s completely different. It’s about focusing on different parts of our game against different teams. It was tough to take in some of the midweek [Champions League] games. We performed well I think, but going into the weekend, we took it game by game and didn’t let it affect us.
“It’s about not getting too down and continuing our run.
“Competition is always good for everybody and it’s about performing when you get your chance. If you’re coming on in games or starting games, it’s about impacting on them and all the boys are doing that at the moment. It’s completely different to last year. There were games thick and fast and we didn’t have as many bodies. Since January and the summer, we’ve strengthened massively and it’s good for rotation for boys and, if someone is tired, you can give them a rest.”
The former Motherwell midfielder hasn’t featured as much this season as last due to injury but will be hoping to once again make a big impact on the side after the break having created Daizen Maeda’s winner midweek with a lovely ball.