McAvennie 'can't believe' Turnbull development as he slams two senior Celtic stars
Frank McAvennie is fuming with Steve Clarke’s decision to leave Celtic midfielder David Turnbull out of the Scotland squad.
The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 21-year-old should have been picked ahead of his teammates Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor.
Turnbull and Leigh Griffiths were notable absentees from Clarke’s Scotland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Clarke described Turnbull as a “good prospect” when quizzed about the midfielder’s omission.
McAvennie is baffled by the decision and hoped it was not a result of Turnbull’s frequent substitutions.
“I feel really sorry for Turnbull,” he told Football Insider. “For me he has to be in there.
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“I cannot believe that he has not made it in. He has been head and shoulders above Christie and McGregor this year.
“I am not saying Christie and McGregor are bad players but Turnbull has been shining this season. He has been the shining light in a poor team.
“I just hope it has nothing to do with him getting taken off all of the time because he has been putting in man of the match performances in every week. I’m really disappointed he didn’t make it in.”
Turnbull has been withdrawn in the second-half in 10 of the previous 11 league games for the Hoops.
The summer signing from Motherwell has been Celtic’s standout performer this season, with eight goals and six assists in 31 appearances across all competitions.