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HE MIGHT have only stopped being a teenager a matter of weeks ago, but Kyle Turner is fast becoming one of the more experienced heads around him.
 
The 20 year old is in line to make his 83rd appearance for the Blues this weekend at Hampden.
 
To put that in perspective, only five players in Stevie Farrell's squad have featured more times for the Blues.
 
Now, with an increasing reliance on youth, Turner is becoming one for the less experienced players to look up to.
 
He said: "Steven Bell was saying to me that some of the boys in the changing room are maybe looking up to me now.
 
"I've played 80 odd games now and, obviously, if any of the young boys need a bit of help I'll give them a bit of help.

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"I'm still learning off the experienced boys as well.
 
"I don't really feel any extra responsibility - I still learn off Steven Bell, Jamie Hamill and others.
 
"I learn off them and the young ones will be seeing that as well and they will be learning off them as well, which is good for them."
 
It is now more than two years since Turner made his first career appearance when he replaced Chris Aitken for the final few seconds of a 1-0 defeat at Stenhousemuir in September 2015.
 
Since then, he has gone on to become a regular fixture in the Stair Park midfield and found the net against Ayr United on Saturday.

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The strike, his seventh for the club, was little more than a consolation on the day where the visitors won 5-1, but Turner was hoping to take that good form to Hampden Park this weekend.
 
He said: "It is good to get a goal but it does not mean anything on the day.
 
"It gives me a bit of confidence going into Saturday and hopefully I get another one and get the win.
 
"That's two in the last four weeks, and hopefully I can keep that run going."
 
The Blues visit Queen's Park having lost three games in a row, with defeats against the top three in Ayr, Raith Rovers and Alloa Athletic.

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It is also a sequence of results which has seen them slip out of the playoff spots, with Arbroath nipping ahead of them.
 
Those results have come at a time where many of the fans have been focused on goings on off the pitch rather than on it.
 
Turner insisted the players were very much keeping their attention on the matters on the park.
 
He said: "We just keep doing what we are doing.
 
"Anything that is happening outwith us, we cannot do anything about it.

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"It is our job and we just do what we do.
 
"Hopefully, it is three points on Saturday."

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
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9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


Fixtures

2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)