ANGE POSTECOGLOU insists David Turnbull, Celtic’s forgotten man, has a vital role to play for the champions.

The Scotland international midfielder has rarely figured this season as he has attempted to overcome injuries and a two-game suspension.

But the Hoops boss shot down suggestions the stylish 23-year-old performer was heading for the Parkhead exit on a loan deal and could play a part in today’s home Scottish Cup encounter with Championship side Morton.

ON THE BALL…David Turnbull in control durung Celtic’s 3-1 league win over Ross County in Dingwall in August.

The player who cost £1.8million when he joined from Motherwell in August 2020 gave the fans a glimpse of his quality in the 4-0 midweek win over St Mirren when he lashed in a breathtaking 30-yarder to seal the victory.

Dismissing talks of a move, Postecoglou said: “Dave’s very much part of what we’re building here.

“He’s been a bit unlucky, he got an unfortunate red card which meant he had to miss a couple of games that he would definitely have played a part in.

“Dave’s an important part of our set-up here and I’m sure he’ll be involved in the second half of the year.”

Postecoglou is set to give several of his fringe men game time against the Cappielow outfit in the 12.15pm kick-off as the trek towards the national stadium for the June 3 Cup Final begins in the east end of Glasgow.

PICK IT OUT…David Turnbull (half-hidden) rolls the ball past keeper Jon McLaughlin for Celtic’s final goal in the 4-0 derby romp at Parkhead in September.

The 57-year-old Greek-Australian gaffer, speaking to the Daily Record, added: “That was part of our planning this year. We felt that last year we didn’t have the squad depth we wanted particularly in the first half of the season.

“So, this year, in the off-season and now in January, we worked hard to have a stronger squad, a more resilient group.

“That’s definitely the case but within the boys, even if they’re not starting or playing regularly they’re still making a contribution, which is the important thing.

“You’ll find all our attacking players have all contributed with goals. All the defenders have contributed to clean sheets and, in midfield, regardless of the combination I’ve chosen, they’ve all produced.”

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