Celtic star Ryan Christie picked up his third yellow card of the UEFA Europa League group stage campaign last night.
That ensures he will now miss next week’s match at home to French side Lille.
Obviously, this isn’t much of a problem for the Bhoys given we are already rooted to the bottom of Group H, but it could open up a huge opportunity for a player in huge need of first-team action.
David Turnbull has barely featured for Celtic since signing from Motherwell during the transfer window. He’s only managed to make one start, with five appearances also coming from the bench.
In recent weeks that’s not been anyone’s fault. The Scotland U21 international tested positive for COVID-19 in November and hasn’t returned to a match squad since.
He has returned to training at Lennoxtown however. He was spotted with the first-team group before this week’s trip to Italy, so is clearly recovering well and has come through his self-isolation period.
It’s unclear at this point whether he’s available for selection, but next week’s match against Lille is a great target for him.
He’s a part of Lennon’s Europa League squad (UEFA), but has yet to feature in the competition.
Going up against a top French side who are gunning for the top spot in the group would be a fantastic test of his current ability and allow us to have a look at how he might fit into the manager’s midfield.
There are other contenders for a starting spot, including Ismaila Soro, but I’d personally love to see Lennon give Turnbull a huge chance against a quality outfit.
A good performance against our visitors could be just what he needs to kick into gear that Hoops and push for a regular starting spot.
He was in fine form for the Steelmen prior to his long-awaited switch to Celtic, but we’ve yet to really harness his ability or develop his potential.
Now is the time to start.