When David Turnbull’s proposed switch from Motherwell to Celtic broke down in the summertime of 2019, after the analysis of a uncommon knee situation, the 21-year-old questioned whether or not he would play once more.
Preventative surgical procedure was required, together with virtually a year’s price of rehabilitation, earlier than a transfer to the Parkhead membership was ultimately accomplished final August.
Less than two years on from the collapse of Celtic’s preliminary pursuit, Turnbull has sparked his younger profession again into life after being one of many membership’s solely shining lights in a dim and depressing season, incomes himself a place in Steve Clarke’s Euro 2020 squad within the course of.
“There were times back when everything went through my head,” he tells BBC Scotland. “Will I get back playing? Will I get back to my best?
“It’s been a crazy year or two since then. This in all probability tops all of it off.”
‘My fingers have been crossed for it’
In Turnbull’s darkest days, he always had his family to turn to for support.
His mother, father and brother have all been on hand to guide him through the crushing low he was dealt in June 2019, making it all the more fitting that he was in their company as they waited for the message to confirm his place on Clarke’s 26-man list.
“I had my fingers crossed for it,” Turnbull says. “But clearly you want to think about the gamers you are up towards.
“All my family were sitting in the living room when I got the text. I was absolutely delighted and so were they. My mum gave me a big cuddle and a kiss. My brother and my dad were a bit reserved, they tried to keep calm and I was the same.”
‘Playing in your nation, there’s nothing higher’
It is now simply over three years since Turnbull’s first aggressive begin – which got here towards Partick Thistle again in May 2018 – however the Motherwell academy graduate did not totally set up himself in Stephen Robinson’s aspect till halfway by means of the next season.
He has gone on to have a hand in 40 targets in simply 76 appearances – 25 targets and 15 assists – a massively spectacular return for any midfielder, by no means thoughts one so younger.
Seventeen of these objective contributions got here for Celtic this season in his debut marketing campaign on the membership, prompting a second PFA younger participant of the year trophy in three seasons and each Celtic’s younger participant and participant of the year awards.
“Personally, I’ve been in very good form,” Turnbull says. “There have been some games we’ve [Celtic] struggled in, but I feel I’ve contributed well.
“Other video games I’ve scored loads of targets and made loads of assists. That’s what I need to attempt add to this squad. Every recreation I play I’ll attempt do my finest for the workforce.
“I’m always ready. Whether I’m picked or not, if I come on as a substitute or whatever, I’ll be raring to go. Playing for your country, there’s nothing better than that.”
‘How occasions have modified’
Turnbull was handed his first cap by Clarke in final week’s 2-2 draw with the Netherlands, turning into the primary Scot born after the 1998 World Cup – Scotland’s final main finals – to make a senior look for the nationwide aspect.
“I remember when I was younger watching with my dad, my brother and my mum,” Turnbull remembers. “Always wanting them to do effectively and win.
“There was at all times a final-minute objective or one thing that knocked us out of qualifying. It was at all times heartbreak at these moments. How occasions have modified.”