Frank McAvennie has heaped praise on the “incredible” David Turnbull despite Celtic losing 1-0 at Ibrox yesterday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Parkhead legend hailed the 21-year-old a “wonderful talent” who will eventually take over from Scott Brown as the club’s captain.
Turnbull started his fifth consecutive Scottish Premiership game on Saturday as the Hoops lost further ground on league-leaders Rangers.
His 18 appearances across all competitions this season have yielded five goals and three assists – including three goals in his last four league games.
McAvennie wants to see the former Motherwell midfielder line up alongside Scott Brown on a more regular basis.
“I think Turnbull is the future captain of Celtic,” he told Football Insider.
“He is a wonderful talent. The boy has fought back from a serious injury and been made to bide his time at Celtic but he has been incredible.
“He will eventually take over from Scott but I can also see the two of them playing together for a season or two.
“Scott can give him so much advice and he will show him the ropes over the next year or so.
“Who better is there to do so than the club’s most decorated player of all time.”
Brown has just five months left on his contract at Paradise having last renewed terms in January 2019.
He has made 26 appearances across all competitions this season but has not started a league game since 6 December.