Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Celtic to embark on a sensational winning run after Neil Lennon put his faith in youngsters Conor Hazard, Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker claimed the decision to fast-track the Hoops trio may save Lennon’s job.
The trio were handed rare starts in Celtic’s 3-2 win over Lille in the Europa League on Thursday night with Turnbull netting the winner.
They retained their places in the Bhoys’ 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League.
It was their first win in the league since November 8 and Agbonlahor has insisted it could be the first of many in the coming weeks.
Asked by Football Insider whether the young trio can inject some much needed freshness into the Celtic squad, Agbonlahor said: “100 per cent.
“If you bring in younger players that have not been playing, they’re not really down on confidence like other players that have been down on confidence and have been losing.
“Sometimes you need to refresh it. You can’t be an old school manager who plays the same XI time after time no matter if they lose or draw. You need to mix it up – if the teams’ not performing you need to change it up.
“That’s what Neil Lennon has done and it’s worked from him. I’m sure Celtic will go on a run of winning games and the pressure will be off him.”
Soro, 22, was handed a full Celtic debut in the Europa League and his first start in the Scottish Premier League against Kilmarnock.
Turnbull, 21, and Hazard, 22, had both started one game for the Hoops before the victory over Lille.