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, 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:
What are the arguments against a Turnbull, McGregor, Christie/Ntcham midfield on Saturday at home to Livingston?
I am all for it. Just want to see it.
— The Grand Auld Podcast (@FritzAGrandAuld) September 17, 2020
I’d honestly start turnbull on Saturday
— keira Haughian (@keirahaughian) September 17, 2020
It was a horrendous watch, team selection rotation isn’t benefitting us. Think we’ll see Broony on bench Saturday, big pitch and big energy in that area. I know nothing of Turnbull, but hear a lot of positives , so let’s give him a chance 👍🏻🍀⚽️
— John (@lucyandSean) September 17, 2020
I would love to see Turnbull start on Saturday. His skill is there for all to see but I think he would also give us some vitality. Also felt sorry for Klimala last night who kept making runs and wasn’t getting the pass. Too many times it went short to the next man.
— Paul Larkin* BLM (@paullarkin74) September 17, 2020
I would absolutely love to see a 3 of Oli Cal and Turnbull on Saturday a know it won’t happen like but still
— Flynnyyyyyyyyyyy (@Flynnyyyyyyyyyy) September 16, 2020
I’d rest brown at weekend and get Turnbull in move mcgregor to brown role and get frimpong and Ajeti back in team. Get Taylor out go 352.
— Stengo7 (@stengo7) September 16, 2020
David Turnbull isn't Scott Brown's long term replacement, he's his immediate one. The only man who can't see that unfortunately picks the team.
— Kieren Kerr (@KierenKerr) September 17, 2020
David Turnbull must start on Saturday
— Jamie (@Jamie67_) September 16, 2020
3 points tonight so no complaints but I'd like to see Jullien come straight back in as part of a back three with Forrest and Elyounoussi out wide…
Would also rest Ryan Christie and put Turnbull into the starting XI for a few games 👍
— Celtic Nation(Welcome to the party)🍀 (@CelticNation67) September 16, 2020
Got to start playing turnbull soon or his match sharpness is gonna drop off. Be nice to see him in action
— James (@guvnor27) September 17, 2020
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.
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!