"Must start"; Celtic fans demand David Turnbull makes his first start on Saturday

By David Walton

September 17, 2020

Plenty of Celtic supporters have been discussing their urge to see David Turnbull make his first start for the club in Saturday’s home game against Livingston.

Neil Lennon made four changes to the starting line-up for Celtic’s 2-1 win at St Mirren last night. However, despite ultimately seeing the game out comfortably, Turnbull was still on the bench for the full duration of it.

Scott Brown has started every game this season (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

Scott Brown, starting his eighth consecutive game out of eight this season, was again below-par in what was a sluggish display from the captain. The natural replacement for him looks to be former Motherwell man Turnbull, who only arrived at the club last month.

And it appears the Celtic support wants to see more of the youngster starting this weekend. Here’s a look at what some Hoops fans are saying:




Saturday feels right for a Turnbull appearance

It’s important not to have too big a pop at the manager at the moment. He made a host of changes from the team that beat Ross County last weekend, so you could understand any hesitancy in also removing his captain.

Turnbull has also only been at the club for two competitive games. It’s not as if we’ve had 10 matches since his arrival and he’s barely getting a run-out. There’s still plenty of time for him to prove himself.

However, Saturday does feel like the right time to throw him in. With so many matches coming up between now and the end of 2020, rotation will be a key aspect of our campaign. You won’t get a better opportunity to bed Turnbull in than a struggling Livingston at Celtic Park.

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

If Lennon was to choose a three across the midfield as part of a five, then it would be interesting to see the dynamic between a Turnbull, Callum McGregor, and Olivier Ntcham team at the heart of things. That’s something we’ve yet to see.

It’s also worth remembering that there are no problems fitness-wise with Turnbull. He signed from Motherwell after starting their first five games of the campaign. He’s ready to go now whenever he gets the call from the manager.

Saturday seems the perfect time to unleash him. It’s time to see what he’s got Neil!

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