DAVID TURNBULL has told Scotland head coach Steve Clarke his is fit and ready to solve his injury problems by taking a place in his squad for Euro 2020.

The midfielder’s omission from the national team squad for the World Cup qualifiers back in March raised some eyebrows given that his fine club form has been a rare silver lining for Celtic in an otherwise disappointing campaign.

Injuries have already ruled out Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack and Norwich City man Kenny McLean from the tournament, and while Turnbull feels desperately sorry for both of them, he is hoping that the door has now been opened for him to win a place in the final 26-man pool.

“It’s sitting there in the back of my mind, so we’ll wait and see what happens,” Turnbull said.

“It’s obviously up to Steve Clarke, and whoever he picks, you need to respect his decision.

“But my fingers are obviously crossed, and whether it happens or not, I’ll be cheering them on.

“Obviously it’s a shame for the boys who are injured, but it opens doors for other people, whether that is me or anyone else. You see that and it gives you a wee bit of hope, but as I said, it’s not up to me.

“I’ll just go out and try to perform as best I can, and whether Steve Clarke picks me or not, that’s up to him.

“I feel I would be ready. I’ve played consistently this year, I feel like I’ve played well. I’ve loved every minute that I’ve played and I’ve been delighted to have played as many minutes as I can.

“I’m feeling fit, it’s probably the fittest I’ve been, and after the season is done I’ll be looking to work hard and bring that into next season.”

“I feel I could make the step up. I’ve played under-21s football with Scotland and been around that for a few years.

“Obviously it’s a big jump, but I feel I am ready to make that jump.”

After a promising first season at Celtic, Turnbull hopes he is at the start of a long and successful career at the club. As he has set out on that path, he has been grateful to have the assistance of a man who will be the subject of fan tributes tonight as he bows out of Celtic Park for the last time in the colours of the club against St Johnstone.

Scott Brown was playing a captain’s role for Turnbull even before he arrived, talking him up in the media when Celtic were linked with a move for the then Motherwell man, and giving him the belief that he could make the step up.

“I saw a wee bit about that, and it was obviously great to hear that from a player like Scott,” said Turnbull.

“Hearing that gave me confidence to come in and be the player that I am, and just try to do my best.

“He’s been massive for me since I came in, on and off the pitch. He’s always having a laugh off the pitch and always talking to you on it, just giving me wee tips on what to do and where to be.

“It’s great to learn off a guy like Broony, because he’s been there and done it for so many years.

“He’s massive around the training ground and around the squad. He brings everyone together, he’s always sorting everything out and helping everybody.

“He helps all the foreign boys as well. He’s a great captain and a good lad to have about.

“He will be a big miss. He’s obviously been here for so many years and played so consistently, and won things consistently as captain. He would be a big miss for anybody.

“We go into each game the same, but obviously, with this being his last game we will be looking to win. As we do in every game.

“Hopefully we can do that for Broony in his last game at Celtic Park, and hopefully it will be a good night.”