Plenty of Celtic players have been linked with moves away from Parkhead in the ongoing January transfer window. And there is truth to a lot of the speculation as well. Josip Juranovic has already completed his exit and joined Bundesliga side, Union Berlin. On the other hand, Giorgos Giakoumakis is expected to be on his way out this month as well, with Urawa Red Diamonds and Atlanta United rumoured to be interested in signing him.
On the other hand though, there are several other players who have been linked with moves away this month, who look set to remain at Parkhead.
One such player appears to be David Turnbull, who finds himself in a good run of form lately. He scored in the game against St Mirren, and then added to his tally by scoring against Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup.
Ange Postecoglou has already ruled a loan exit for Turnbull this month. And as reported by Football Scotland, the midfielder said:
"“I’ve not heard or seen that. But that’s where I thought I was at, I thought I was a big part of this club.“Every time I come here and train and play I just give 100 percent and don’t look anywhere else. There’s always boys clipping at everybody’s heels.“There’s boys playing each game. But like this, others have stepped in and haven’t looked out of place. So it’s just about grabbing your chance.“It’s tough for anybody when you’re not playing as much as you would like. But you just need to go in there and when you get your chance try to take it with both hands.“That’s all I try to do. I go into training every day and train as hard as I can and then when it comes to the games do the best I can.”"
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It is safe to say that Turnbull must have earned himself a bit more playing time moving forward after scoring in back-to-back games.
It is quite clear that he has not gotten as much playing time as he would have liked, but still, the Scottish midfielder is still very much in the mix as a reliable option to bring off the bench. And when he is on the pitch, he does tend to make an impact.
At the same time though, one has to recognise how packed the Celtic midfield is right now, with players like Callum McGregor, Reo Hatate, Matt O’Riley and Aaron Mooy ahead of Turnbull in the pecking order. But the Scottish midfielder certainly has a role to play at the club at this point of time.