Celtic manager Neil Lennon has got a “massive problem” with David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro ahead of Saturday’s trip to Ibrox.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, expects the 49-year-old to bring Scott Brown back into the starting eleven for the game against Rangers but insists it cannot be at the expense of Turnbull or Soro.

Brown has not started since the Scottish Cup Final victory over Hearts but is in contention to start the second Old Firm of the season having recovered from a minor injury problem.

The Hoops have won all five of the games in which Turnbull and Soro have started in the midfield.

McAvennie suggested Lennon drop the more forward-thinking Ryan Christie if he is to include Brown from the off at Ibrox.

“He has got a massive problem with Soro and Turnbull,” he told Football Insider.

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“He might want Scott Brown to come back but I just do not know how you could drop these boys right now. Scott justified his selection in the Cup final but his legs went a bit in the second half.

“Soro and Turnbull have justified their starting spot because they have been outstanding. The bring so much energy to the midfield.

“It is strange but I think it has got to be Christie or McGregor. McGregor has been playing well – you could leave out Christie.

“He likes to play as a number 10 and when you have two strikers I do not think you need that. He is real talent but I would only play a 10 when you have one striker.”   

In other news, a Scottish football expert has said Celtic are plotting major January transfer business.