Date: 2nd June 2021 at 8:20pm
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John Hartson has talked about why David Turnbull wasn’t playing for the Hoops earlier in the 2020/21 campaign.

Turnbull joined Celtic in the summer of 2020, some months after a proposed move to Parkhead had fallen through due to a knee injury. The featured sporadically for the club in the early parts of the 2020/21 campaign, with most of his appearances initially coming from the bench.

Hartson talked about the Scotsman when he appeared on the latest episode of the Go Radio Football Show, and appeared to criticise the club’s decision not to play him more often.

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The former Celtic star was led to believe that Turnbull wasn’t featuring regularly early in the season because he apparently wasn’t fit enough. Hartson also feels that the midfielder should’ve been more involved in the first half of the season.

He claimed: “One of the reasons that Celtic gave was he doesn’t look fit enough. I really couldn’t understand that.

“I think he should’ve been in. He didn’t come into the team [until] , Christmas time, whatever it was, and he made an immediate impact. The word coming out of Celtic Park was he’s not quite ready yet, he’s not quite ready to go and play 90 minutes.”

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TIF Thoughts on Turnbull…

Turnbull became regularly involved in the first-team affairs for from December 2020 onwards, as he regularly contributed to goals and assists in the Premiership (as per Transfermarkt).

Having said that, the midfielder was coming back from a lengthy injury not too before he signed and it was perhaps wise to ease him in at a new club. So the decision to not rush him into affairs maybe made sense after all.

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