Michael Stewart has urged Neil Lennon to play Celtic midfield duo David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
Both players came into the manager’s starting eleven for tonight’s dead rubber against Lille and performed superbly.
In place of Scott Brown and Ryan Christie, they brought constructive energy and tenacity to the middle of the park.
Stewart has also called on Lennon to continue with his Kristoffer Ajer at right-back experiment, feeling that the Norwegian was one of the team’s top performers tonight.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland (21:56) tonight, the pundit said: “It becomes a big question as to who comes back in and how many come back in?
“Because you have to say a lot of the players who have stepped in today, the likes of Turnbull, the likes of Soro, those two, in particular, I would be amazed if they weren’t playing (against Kilmarnock). They brought an edge to the side.
“Ajer at right-back, it’s got to happen again. It brings another dimension. He has got the legs and the ability to drive forward. The third goal is a case in point.”
That’s obviously three huge, and unusual, selection calls when it comes to the Scottish Premiership.
However, the manager does need to learn from his failures this season and recognise when the starting eleven needs freshened up.
Some players simply laid down a marker tonight and to drop them for the visit of Kilmarnock would be a major, major error.
If we revert to same tired midfield, led by Scott Brown, at the weekend then fans are going to be deeply unhappy.
It’s true that Soro was knackered by the end of the 90 minutes tonight, but even giving him an hour on Sunday would be great reward for his efforts. We can’t risk demoralising him, or Turnbull. They’ll know they have impressed tonight.
Will Lennon see the evidence in front of him and make sure we have this youthful, energetic side on the pitch? We can only keep our fingers crossed.