DAVID Turnbull last night admitted that Celtic’s players owe their manager Neil Lennon a victory after recording just one win in 2021.
Lennon revealed after the 2-1 loss to St Mirren at Parkhead on Saturday that he feels badly let down by members of his first team squad.
Pressure on the Northern Irishman, whose team is 23 points behind Rangers in the Premiership, has intensified following their first home defeat to the Paisley club in 31 years.
Celtic’s much-vaunted review of the manager’s position was due to be concluded last week and he may not still be in charge against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park tomorrow night.
Celtic’s David Turnbull looks dejected as he is subbed during the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Saturday January 30, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRI
However, Turnbull acknowledged that the quadruple treble winners’ displays had been unacceptable last month – they won just once in six games – and expressed hope they can get back to winning ways for Lennon.
Asked about Lennon’s admission that he had felt let down by certain Celtic players, Turnbull said: “Can I sense that? Not really. That’s the manager’s opinion and it’s not for me to comment on what he says or thinks.
“But we do owe the manager to pick this up. We try to do it every week – to keep fighting. That’s what the boys are trying to do.
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“Has confidence taken a battering? Yeah, I would say so. Personally, it’s tough going in to games at the moment. It’s hard to keep yourselves going when you are going behind and you know you need to get it back.
“But we need to get that out of our heads. We need to keep pushing and make sure we play better, simple as that.”
He added: “We know it’s difficult with the league, but we have to play for pride. If there’s no pride there then there’s no point in even playing football.
“We need to keep trying and keeping pushing, to play as a team. We need to stick together and hopefully everyone does that.”
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 15: David Turnbull during a Celtic training session at Lennoxtown on January 15, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group).
Turnbull, who joined the Glasgow club in a £3.25m transfer from Motherwell last summer and has been one of their best players in the turbulent 2020/21 campaign, denied uncertainty over Lennon’s future had affected the Celtic players.
“That’s not the case from what I’ve seen,” he said. “All the boys have tried to stay off social media and tune out from that kind of stuff. We don’t read too much in to things.
“I try to take the responsibility on my own shoulders. I want to do my best every time I am on the pitch. Whether that’s creating chances or scoring goals, I always want to drive the team on.
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“I wouldn’t even say that’s taking responsibility – it’s just what I need to do for the team. That’s why I was brought here.”
Turnbull added: “It obviously wasn’t the result we wanted on Saturday going in to the game. We managed to get ourselves back in to the game, but it was disappointing to go behind twice. With the players we have got we should have been able to pull it back.
“It’s hard to put the finger on one thing as to why it’s not happening. Sometimes it’s a lack of concentration, it might be individual error at times. Either way it’s hard to take and we really need to work on it.”