David Turnbull tipped to start Rangers derby after Celtic blow

By John McGinley

October 9, 2020

Neil Lennon has been tipped by former Rangers boss Alex McLeish to play David Turnbull in the upcoming derby at Celtic Park, Football Insider reports.

Turnbull started Celtic’s last match at home to St Johnstone in a much-changed midfield from last week’s encounter against FK Sarajevo.

Since then, Ryan Christie has been ruled out of the Rangers match after being ordered to self-isolate.

Now McLeish thinks it could be Turnbull’s chance to shine, ahead of Invincible Celtic star Tom Rogic.

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

He told Football Insider: “Rogic has been outstanding in these big games, but he has been out of the picture for a while.

“I really feel that Neil Lennon may unleash Turnbull. He’s another who, in recent weeks, he has upped his game. He looks very, very confident.

“Going into the big derby is another step up, but it would be a surprise for me if Rogic starts.”

Despite the absence of Christie and Odsonne Edouard because of pandemic-related reasons, Lennon still has a variety of quality options at his disposal for the derby.

It still feels like a long-shot that Turnbull would actually make his starting eleven.

A central midfield three of Olivier Ntcham, Scott Brown and Callum McGregor is more likely.

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Whether going with a two-striker formation or one, Mohamed Elyounoussi is probably ahead of Turnbull in the selection queue too.

The former Motherwell 21-year-old could be a fantastic option from the bench though, possessing the attacking ambition and creative flair to fashion chances.

He may not have massively impressed in Perth, but it’s clear he has a big future however he is used in the derby.

In other news, Steven Gerrard faces a touchline ban for the upcoming match at Celtic Park.