By Frank McAvennie

18th Dec, 2020 | 1:03pm

Exclusive: Pundit in awe of 'Brilliant' Celtic player who's now running the show

Frank McAvennie has heaped praise on “brilliant” young Celtic midfielder David Turnbull.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the legendary former Hoops striker claimed Turnbull has run the show in their last two games.

The 21-year-old was handed a rare start and a European debut against Lille last Thursday and retained his place against Kilmarnock in the league.

Celtic won both games to end a run of just two victories in their previous 12 games in all competitions.

The midfielder moved to Parkhead from Motherwell for a £3million fee in the summer but before the visit of Lille, he had been limited to just one start.

He has been joined in the midfield by fellow youngster Ismaila Soro, 22, and goalkeeper Conor Hazard, 21, has also come into the starting XI in the past week.

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“The youth has been brought in and Turnbull has been brilliant,” McAvennie told Football Insider.

“Everyone knew about Turnbull because he is a Scottish boy. He was so highly rated when Celtic eventually got him.

“It was great to see him get his chance because when he was not getting a game he could not have been happy. Why did we buy him if we were not going to play him?

“You can say it was nothing for Celtic but it was a big game for Lille because they could have topped the group. Turnbull did not look out of place against a really strong Lille side. He has run the last two games.” 

Turnbull has now played nine times for the Hoops across all competitions and has netted one goal and provided three assists.

He almost moved to the Glasgow giants in the summer of 2019 but a medical revealed he required surgery on his knee and the deal fell through.

In other news, Celtic have been tipped to sign a Ryan Kent-like signing after a big January reveal.