Noel Whelan claims the Celtic squad need to follow the lead of youngster David Turnbull after a standout performance against Lille at Parkhead.
The former Leeds and Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the attacking midfielder’s character could be “like a disease” and spread through the rest of the dressing room.
The 21-year-old stole the show on Thursday night in what was only his second-ever start for the Bhoys, with a goal and an assist to his name in the 3-2 Europa league win.
The summer signing set up Christopher Jullien for the opener while he struck me from Kristoffer Ajer’s cross to seal victory.
Whelan lauded the character of the promising midfielder after limited game time this season and suggested his teammates could do with taking a leaf out of his book.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I think it’s a hunger, desire, a will to win, a will to make things happen, a will to put yourself on the platform, run yourself into the ground and do everything possible that it takes to win a football match.
“I always say don’t waste 90 minutes, you can never get it back so he’s gone out there and he’s really put everything into the performance and I think it shows.
“Sometimes, when you’ve got a player like that, who’s got that desire and hunger and heart and that willingness to run, create and play the game the right way, it’s like a disease, it spreads so other people feel that way as well.
“People have a look at what he’s doing, run that little bit harder, going that extra mile to get the victory. They need to go back to that attitude, an absolute lion where there’s no pen and we’re going to tear you apart.”
In other Celtic news, Alex McLeish has suggested the real reason Neil Lennon is still in a job at Parkhead.