Neil Lennon should utilise emerging Celtic trio; they could add freshness to jaded side

By John Reid

November 7, 2020

One of the most impressive things about Neil Lennon’s time on the pitch with Celtic, aside from all the trophies he won, was that he knew when it was time to call it a day and leave the club.

He could see that his influence on the team wasn’t as it once was. It would benefit the club to see him move on from the midfield area that he controlled for so many years.

Manager can usually tell when players need dropped

Therefore, as manager of Celtic, he should be able to tell when players that are currently in the side need to be moved on, and dropped.

An area of the Celtic team that applies to is the midfield. Callum McGregor and Scott Brown have been having by their standards a poor season. They could do with a spell out of the team. However, that has not been the case for much of the season. They have played on, whilst the Hoops have stumbled badly.

The concerning thing is that there are three emerging Hoops midfielders who seem ready to freshen up the midfield. However, the Hoops boss seems to lack faith in the trio, that they are ready to start games.

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21-year-old David Turnbull, 22-year-old Ismaila Soro and 19-year-old Luca Connell could provide a new injection into the middle of the park. But the trio have had only one start between them this season, when Turnbull started against St Johnstone.

Only one start between trio this season

Maybe the promised ‘culture change‘ Lennon has discussed will see the trio emerge as vital players this season.

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

Of the trio, Connell hasn’t featured once this season, so his prospects are probably a bit behind Soro and Turnbull.

Controlling the middle of the park is one of the most important things about winning a football match, and at the moment Celtic are failing to do that. Freshening up the midfield could be the answer to that, and hopefully the manager has the courage to do that.

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