Celtic star David Turnbull has opened up on his muted celebrations following his stunning goal in Saturday's 2-0 win against Motherwell.

As Filipe Jota got the Parkhead side ahead in the first half, Turnbull's 52nd minute strike meant there was no way back for Motherwell.

Turnbull was a product of the Fir Park youth academy and made 41 appearances for the Steelmen before joining Celtic for a £3.25million fee last year.

The midfielder still has total respect for his old North Lanarkshire stomping ground, choosing to remain muted while his teammates celebrated around him after his long-range strike.

And Turnbull admits he had spoken to his nearest and dearest about how to handle the situation if it arose.

He said: “Everyone knows what kind of club Motherwell are and how they helped me when I was younger, so I wanted to be respectful.

“I knew beforehand I wouldn’t celebrate because I spoke to my family about it.

“They were asking me what I’d do if I scored a goal and I told them I wouldn’t, I’d just leave it. Obviously I wanted to score, but I didn’t want to celebrate too much.

“I felt like doing it because it’s a great feeling every time you score and that was no different, but I’d decided I wasn’t going to do it.

“It was hard to stop myself, but I was delighted to put the ball in the top corner anyway.

“Hopefully I can score more of them in future and will be celebrating them as I want to.

“It was very different coming back here this season with a crowd in. Last year I was on the bench and there were no supporters here.

“Ever since the fixtures were announced I was looking forward to coming back.

“It was good to be back here, seeing all the familiar faces from my time here.

“I will be getting a few messages from my pals later on, no doubt. There will be a bit of banter.

“The most important thing was getting the three points to keep going.”

The 22-year-old always looked a threat and had an opportunity to play in Kyogo or Liel Abada in the first-half.

He chose to hit an underwhelming shot himself because he was caught in two minds.

When he saw an opportunity for a second half strike - Turnbull made sure it was a shot worth taking.

He said: “I had a chance in the first half and was stuck in two minds whether to pass it or not.

“So the second time, when I got it I knew I was going to give it my best strike.

“I have done it before and I know what I’m capable of, so I’m delighted it went into the top corner.


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“As I say, I’m just delighted it went in.”

Celtic built on their away win against Aberdeen last time out to make it back-to-back victories on the road.

The travelling Hoops support were in fine chorus at the full-time whistle, having had little to shout about recently.

Turnbull refuses to get carried away though as he knows the work which lies ahead.

He said: “It was a huge win for us. That’s two away wins in a row now and everyone is buzzing.

“Things are starting to click, 100 per cent. The Aberdeen win was massive for us, so we need to go on a run now. We need to keep playing well and the results will come.

“You can feel the momentum building now. It has been two massive wins in a row and we want to keep it going.

“We want to keep pushing on and doing our stuff.

“Things were stop-start after the last international break, boys came back injured and we didn’t have a full squad. People were just in the door as well, but we are more settled now and everyone is ready to play so it’s good.”