DAVID TURNBULL says that Celtic showed what a good team they are, even in loss to Rangers, and it was just poor luck that stopped them from leaving Ibrox with at least a point.
If they are to defend their Premiership crown, the 1-0 loss leaves Celtic with a difficult challenge, but Turnbull believes the squad has the class to make an unlikely return at the top of the table.
He said, “We showed against Rangers that we are a quality team,” Significant parts of the game were dominated before the sending off.
We already thought at halftime that we will win the match.
“We’ve generated a lot of opportunities, but we’ve got to start taking them. That’s the most challenging thing, possibly.
We couldn’t capitalize on any of them, given the amount of chances we made. This is something that we have to focus on.
“That’s hard to bear. I felt we played pretty well before the red card and were in full control of the game.
I thought we were causing a lot of problems for them, particularly in the first half, and in the second half, we kept it up.
“It’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t take anything from the game.”
Turnbull, like Neil Lennon, his boss, was shocked that when he brought down Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, referee Bobby Madden gave Nir Bitton a red card, claiming it was not a legitimate goal scoring chance.
And he is sure that if the Israeli had not been sent off shortly after an hour, Celtic would have managed to dominate the game.
“I don’t know if the red card changed the game, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.
I figured there was a large Kris Ajer from behind, so I assumed the cover was there.
“When I saw the referee, I thought it was a little bit too soft, I’m not sure about that.”