As we continue to consider what the future direction of Celtic should be after Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Rangers, we must look at players on the fringes who have not yet had a consistent chance in the team.
One such player is David Turnbull, who has managed to make just one start following his switch to the Bhoys in August.
He’s also made four substitute appearances, one of which was at the weekend, albeit far too late in the game to make a difference.
One pundit, PLZ Soccer’s Alan Rough, has called for Turnbull to be used more often, potentially in place of club stalwart Scott Brown.
He said today: “I think Scott Brown has been a tremendous player, but there comes a time when he has to be substituted. The boy Turnbull is there sitting on the sidelines, who would probably be more mobile in that game, and when Brown is not having a good game, I don’t think it’s a problem taking him off.”
Now, I don’t quite agree with Rough here. I actually thought Brown was one of our better players on Saturday.
However, it does raise the point that Turnbull now needs to be utilised regularly. He needs his chance. There is no excuse not to give it to him, the way we are playing.
That doesn’t necessarily need to be in place of the captain.
Olivier Ntcham has struggled to put in a good performance all season and, for me, is the natural candidate to come out of the team for Turnbull.
The Scotland U21 international was absolutely flying at Motherwell before signing up at Celtic Park.
Yes, it’s a more difficult proposition to play against defences that sit in, but he has potential, and we need to find out if it can be unlocked at the Bhoys.
Lennon needs fresh ideas and new hunger in his midfield area and, for me, Turnbull can absolutely provide that.