"He's a class act"; Lenny raves about young Celtic midfielder

By Euan Davidson

December 30, 2020

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has heralded David Turnbull after another excellent display.

The former Motherwell man was in scoring form again today, as the Bhoys easily handled Micky Mellon’s Dundee United (BBC).

Turnbull hit a classy finish against the inside of the post after forty minutes, to augment Celtic’s lead at home to the Terriers. Lennon continued with the diamond shape in the middle, with Soro playing behind, and Turnbull next to Christie and McGregor.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound (time stamp 17:10), Neil Lennon was full of praise for his young midfield maestro.

Lennon said:

“He’s a class act; not only his goal, but the way he manipulates the ball under pressure. He’s got great vision. His ball for Griff where he hits the volley is something special.

“He finishes like a striker. He’s hit the ground running… he’s in excellent form.

“You never cement your place at a club like this but he’s playing consistently well. There’s no reason for me to leave him out really.”

 

Turnbull celebrates scoring for Celtic / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic boss left with big choices to make

It wasn’t just Turnbull who had a fantastic game today. Christie and Soro were excellent, while Callum McGregor continues to excel as a leader on the pitch.

Lenny gushed about the quality throughout the team, with Rangers looming on Saturday in the Glasgow Derby.

The Celtic coach said:

“It’s a nice choice to have.

“We’ll try to pick the strongest team and strongest squad to go and win the game on Saturday. We’re playing against a very good side, but Rangers are coming up against us, we’re on form as well.

“The game’s up for grabs.

“I think there’s more to come from the team.

Speaking on the year as a whole, Lennon was proud of Celtic’s accomplishments.

“I take a lot of pride; 9 in a row, Quadruple Treble, it doesn’t get much better than that really.

“Away from football it’s been tough for everyone.”