Celtic: Turnbull is Hammond’s best starting gift

Celtic are preparing to see some dramatic changes at Parkhead this summer. The Bhoys have already seen Neil Lennon leave and will therefore have to find a replacement somewhere.

Peter Lawwell is expected to retire at the end of the season, with Dominic McKay succeeding him as CEO.

Another date could be a new director of football where Fergal Harkin has long been touted to join Celtic. He’s about to enter the fray for Nick Hammond.

The 53-year-old stepped down as chief of football operations on Wednesday night, stepping down from a position he has held since 2019.

Hammond has done his job at Celtic with varying degrees of success. In charge of the club’s transfer strategy, he made some pretty despicable deals.

He was the man who shelled £ 4.5million on Vasilis Barkas, a rather error-prone goalkeeper since leaving AEK Athens.

Hammond also spent £ 5million on Albian Ajeti. The Swiss forward has only scored six times since joining Paradise from West Ham United last summer.

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You also have to question the moves of players like Patryk Klimala and Shane Duffy. The former has only three goals all season while Duffy has been rather inconsistent after coming on loan.

Hammond had some triumphs however; mostly with a deal to bring David Turnbull to Heaven.

The former Motherwell midfielder was a breath of fresh air, proving to be one of the very few bright spots in a difficult season where they lost their grip on the Scottish Premiership.

Alongside Ismaila Soro, they provided reason to be optimistic about the future of the Celtic team. However, despite the Ivorians’ combative displays in the middle of the park, it’s Turnbull who should be considered Hammond’s best farewell gift.

The Scotsman has had an exceptional campaign playing either on the sidelines or just behind the striker. Surprisingly, he was not called up to the Scottish squad for the final round of matches but it only seems to be a matter of time before he is in the national team.

After all, Turnbull has registered eight goals and six assists this season, a catchy number for someone who hasn’t exactly played for a team that is thriving this season.

Lennon was able to get the best of him and in a campaign where not much went right he was a shining light. His numbers also eclipse many of Parkhead’s.

The 21-year-old has made 90 key passes this quarter at a rate of 2.7 per game, a total that surpasses any player on the squad. Turnbull’s 2.2 shots per game, meanwhile, are only less than Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie.

Owen Coyle’s words last month typified exactly the impression he has made since signing.

He told the Scottish Mail on Sunday (03/14, p. 152): “His physical attributes are there. It has an incredible engine, it goes from box to box, covers the ground. He’s a team player who works his socks. I think it’s a manager’s dream.

The Sentence Manager’s Dream explains exactly why he was so successful in Glasgow. Turnbull should be considered one of Hammond’s best investments.

AND in other news Celtic could now be on the verge of a historic meeting, the deal is 90% done …

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