Stephen Craigan has lengthy been ready to argue on David Turnbull’s behalf – now he says it is some distance time the Celtic ace fought his grasp battles if he needs to convince Steve Clarke to scheme him a key man for Scotland this summer.
Craigan performed a key role in the 21-300 and sixty five days-feeble’s route to Parkhead stardom when he became his Below-20s coach at Motherwell.
The worn Fir Park skipper had such faith in Turnbull’s skills he even found himself at loggerheads with worn first-team boss Stephen Robinson and Scotland Below-18s coach Donald Park as he demanded to take grasp of why the midfield playmaker became no longer being chosen.
Clarke took some convincing himself but has now handed the PFA Scotland younger player of the 300 and sixty five days a call-up for his 26-man Euro 2020 squad.
And Craigan is sure it is some distance a call the Hampden boss is no longer going to feel sorry about.
“I had David for two-and-a-half years beautiful old to he came into the first-team,” said the Premier Sports actions pundit.
“That’s the microscopic portion I performed in his pattern but there are others old to and after me who enjoy helped him too.
“Nonetheless yeah I did phone Donald Park because of having watched the U20s league when David became handiest 16 or 17, I beautiful felt he became the stand-out player.
“Somebody who came to head attempting my aspect would remark, ‘Who’s your number 8? He’s some player’. I keep in mind Neil Lennon doing it after we performed Hibs Below-20s and Lenny sooner or later ended up signing him for Celtic.
“I performed him in the Formative years Cup closing when David became beautiful 16 against guys ancient 19 and 20. I wasn’t attempting to examine him out or explore how he’d react. I knew he became proper adequate.
“Stephen Robinson and I had a number of heated discussions because of I felt he must had been in the first team old to he became.
“Finally Stephen managed him most effective because of he place him in the team when he became ready and he flourished.
“I perceive it might well be no longer easy for first team and world managers to throw in younger gamers because of it’s a results-driven industry for them.
“Nonetheless David has shown at each level he’s stepped up to, he’s been ready for it.
“That’s why I’ve absolute self perception you would possibly place him staunch into a sport be pleased the one at Wembley subsequent month against England and David will beautiful be be pleased, ‘Give me the ball’. That’s what he does. He has a temperament that enables him to thrive.
“I’m no longer announcing Steve Clarke will delivery up him but if he looks at his bench and wants a 2d of magic and somebody to be intrepid in a crimson-sizzling atmosphere, I actually recount David’s temperament will enable him to operate that.
“The Celtic gamers enjoy realized early on they’ll belief him with the ball. The Scotland gamers will soon ogle for themselves they’ll belief him too. If they give him the ball he’ll belief after it.”
Nonetheless whereas Craigan has no doubts at in each place Turnbull’s skills, he warned the Hoops youngster and fellow uncapped call-usaBilly Gilmour and Nathan Patterson they have to now prove they are worth a spot apart in Clarke’s team by doing this industry day in, day out in practicing.
“When David wasn’t called into the squad for the games in March, in my thoughts that became him dominated out of going to the Euros,” said worn Northern Eire world Craigan.
“Nonetheless it’s nice to belief him getting his probability alongside Billy Gilmour and Nathan Patterson.
“We have to belief our younger gamers getting the probability to head to a serious tournaments. I indicate some big Scottish gamers enjoy under no circumstances had that opportunity – Barry Ferguson, Scott Brown, Darren Fletcher, Allan McGregor, James McFadden. Guys who place so valuable in for his or her nation but under no circumstances bought the probability to showcase their skills at a astronomical tournament.
“Nonetheless these younger guys will embrace the topic forward. All three are at astronomical clubs, so they received’t be fazed.
“Nonetheless they’ve bought to be grasping and remark, ‘I’m no longer here to scheme up the numbers. I have to prove each single day I’m ready to play if called upon’.
“When David moved to Celtic I believed about a of their gamers might be deal surprised at how proper he became on the ball. And I judge about a Scotland gamers will probably be deal surprised too.
“These games on the Euros might cease up boiling all the manner down to 1 2d, somebody providing that bit of quality than can fetch you a purpose. I judge David has bought that.”