David Turnbull has shown outstanding character behind the scenes at Celtic to return from injury and win the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 21-year-old scooped the prize last Sunday.
Turnbull signed from Motherwell for £3million in the summer, a year after a previous Parkhead move collapsed due to a severe knee injury.
The PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year 2021 @10DavidTurnbull with his Award⚽️🏆
— PFA Scotland (@PFAScotland) May 18, 2021
He missed nine months of action last term after he learned his knee problem required surgery.
But he has recovered to scored 10 goals and provide eight assists in 39 games for the Hoops in 2020-21.
The attacking midfielder has also been called up to Steve Clarke’s 26-man Scotland squad for the upcoming Euros.
Kenny asserts that winning the award will have been moving for Turnbull and heaped praise on the youngster for his recovery.
“I bet he was emotional,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Listen, any time you win an award like that for a club like Celtic as an up-and-coming lad, it’s massive.
“Having been out and suffering with a knee injury for so long, to come back from that shows how well he’s looked after himself and done well in his rehab behind the scenes.
“He might be a bit erratic but that’s what young kids are like. That’s where you make your mistakes and you build and learn from them.
“I’m sure it was a moving moment for him to come back stronger and win that award.”