Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has backed midfielder David Turnbull to play an important role for the rest of the season. The youngster is set to return after a three-month injury layoff when they meet Ross County at the weekend. Turnbull was an important part of the team having played 37 matches before tearing his hamstring on December 19. He came off the bench to score the winner in the Europa League against Real Betis.

“Dave Turnbull is available, he has trained the last 10 days. He was fantastic for us in the first half of the year and it was disappointing for him that he got a fairly significant injury that has kept him out for a while,” Ange Postecoglou said about David Turnbull. “But he has worked hard in rehab and I know he is itching to get back out there. He has been training really well over the last seven to 10 days. I was probably a bit conservative with him, I could have maybe thrown him in last week, but watching him train he is ready to go and I think he will be important for us. He’s a quality player, he is a goal threat, he is good on set-pieces and I think he adds something to our team.”

“Jota and Liel Abada are all good, they have trained all week. They missed Monday night but it wasn’t anything too serious,” he added. “James Forrest pulled up a bit sore from the other night. Again, nothing too serious but he will miss Saturday. We will just wait and see. I said a while back that Dave got injured before Kyogo so read into that what you like. But without putting any time frames on it, he is working on his rehab and I’m sure he will be available soon.”

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