"He's in our thoughts"; Neil Lennon could unleash David Turnbull at Celtic Park today

By John McGinley

September 27, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says David Turnbull is very much in contention to start against Hibs today, The Scottish Sun reports.

Turnbull has come off the bench twice since joining from Motherwell last month but has yet to be selected in the manager’s starting eleven.

As we discussed yesterday, plenty of supporters are keen to see the player given a more prominent role in the team.

Lennon has urged patience when it comes to bringing the midfielder into the equation but has hinted he could play a part at Celtic Park.

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He told The Scottish Sun: “David’s only been here for a couple of weeks and we’ve had the international break too.

“He’s got the whole season in front of him and he’s getting used to our style of play and training.

“People want players thrust in there straight away, but we’ve got to make sure we get the timing right.

“But he’s in our thoughts for Hibs, that’s for sure.”

Turnbull started the season impressively with the Steelmen before his big transfer.

He’s also already played well against Hibs this term in a 0-0 draw.

That was one of the performances that convinced Celtic to sign him, with Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond in the stands.

After a difficult and energy-sapping night in Riga on Thursday, it would make perfect sense to bring the Scotland U21 international in and see what he can do today.

Players such as Scott Brown and Callum McGregor have played an awful lot of football recently.

Fresh legs and fresh ideas could help us find a more dynamic, creative blend in the middle of the park.

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If it’s not today, Lennon’s comments suggest Turnbull isn’t too far away from the starting eleven.

We must trust the manager’s judgment on this, given it’s him who sees the player every day in training.

However, I’m certainly hoping to see him sooner rather than later.

In other news, James Forrest is an injury doubt for the upcoming derby against Rangers.