Danny Mills has claimed young duo Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull can spearhead a Celtic turnaround.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds United and England defender delivered his verdict after the pair were handed rare starts in the Europa League.
Soro, 22, was handed a full debut against Lille on Thursday night and Turnbull was given a European debut as he scored the winner in a 3-2 victory.
Turnbull was a summer arrival from Motherwell while Soro moved to Parkhead in January from Israeli side Bnei Yehuda.
Mills has suggested the pair could be set for an extended run in the side.
He told Football Insider: “It’s tough as a manager. I’ve been part of dressing rooms and clubs where you’re in a really bad losing spell, you’ve worked hard all week, you think you’ve got things right and turned a corner, then you lose.
“If you keep doing those things sometimes you just need to change it to change your luck or your mentality. It doesn’t mean you’re doing the wrong things, but you just need something completely different out of the blue to change it, to relax you or to give you some fire in your belly, whatever it might be.
“Sometimes, that’s chucking a couple of brilliant young players in and just saying ‘go out there, work your socks off, give me 60 minutes and go and be and the spark, the catalyst, show the senior pros there’s a bit of competition.’
“Neil Lennon is a good coach and he’s done fantastic things so far at Celtic. There’s a little bit of a downturn at the moment in a tricky spell but I’m sure if he’s given the time he’ll bounce back but he needs to do that fairly soon.”