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David Turnbull: Midfielder hopes Cardiff City move will lead to Scotland recall

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David Turnbull: Midfielder hopes Cardiff City move will lead to Scotland recall

David Turnbull featured in Champions League games against Atletico Madrid and Lazio earlier this season

David Turnbull hopes his move to Cardiff City will rekindle his Scotland career going into Euro 2024.

Turnbull, 24, joined Cardiff from Scottish champions Celtic on deadline day for a reported £2m.

The midfielder believes regular football in the Championship could reignite his international ambitions.

“That is one of my aims coming here, to get football under my belt – to try to get playing well and back to playing regularly,” Turnbull said.

“The summer is obviously a massive incentive for me going into the rest of this season.

“I remember my very first Scotland squad was the Euros in 2020 so if I could push my way back into that, it would be brilliant.”

The most recent of Turnbull’s five Scotland appearances came in June 2022, when he featured as a substitute against Armenia.

Turnbull was part of the preliminary squad for the delayed Euro 2020 finals, but did not make the final cut.

He remains hungry to represent Scotland, who will face Germany, Switzerland and Hungary in the European Championship group stage this summer.

“I loved every minute of it when I was there involved, training every day with the lads and getting experiences of the games as well and coming on for a few games,” he added.

“So I want more of that. That’s what drives you on, pushing for more.”

Initially, Turnbull, will have to make the step from Celtic to the Championship, having signed a deal which will keep him at Cardiff until 2027.

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Though his Celtic contract was due to expire this summer, Turnbull said it was a wrench to leave the Scottish giants, where he won two Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups, two Scottish League Cups and enjoyed their European nights.

“They were great nights, every one of them a great experience, playing against top players and top sides,” Turnbull said.

“It’s obviously tough when you are on the pitch and the results don’t go your way, but the experience will help me massively and I loved it.”

David Turnbull (centre) is hoping to win a recall from Scotland boss Steve Clarke (right) following his move to Cardiff City

But the former Motherwell player added: “I think it was the right time for me [to move on]. I had a great time at Celtic, a great three and a half years, and I loved every minute of it.

“But maybe the last six months to a year hasn’t been the way I wanted it. To come to a team like Cardiff is a great move for myself.

“Its about trying to replicate some things I have done before and putting my own style on to the team.

“At the start of the season I was playing games and after that fell away a wee bit. Sometimes in football that happens.

“Whether it is down to other things I am not sure, but I leave Celtic happy with a lot of my time there and it’s time to come on to new things now.”

Cardiff will be hoping Turnbull can add to their goalscoring threat, having notched seven goals in 16 Scottish top-flight games this season.

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He has a reputation for scoring eye-catching goals.

He said: “I get the odd tap-in, but it seems to be most of them are pretty spectacular. It’s a part of my game I have worked on since I was a boy.

“When it happens it is amazing and I hope to get a few more here.”

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