Frank McAvennie is baffled as to why brilliant Celtic talent David Turnbull is not getting game time this season.
The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged Neil Lennon to give Turnbull and fellow 2020 arrival Ismaila Soro a chance in the first team at the expense of established players “who want out” of Parkhead.
Turnbull, 21, was a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw with St Johnstone last weekend, the midfielder has started just one league game for the Bhoys this season.
Speaking on Sunday, Lennon said that Turnbull and his teammate Leigh Griffiths needed to improve their fitness in order to break into the starting eleven.
Celtic signed the SFWA 2018-19 Young Player of the Year from Motherwell in a £3million deal last August.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the midfielder’s lack of game time, McAvennie said: “Ismaila Soro as well, he looks like a player.
“The boy Soro and the boy Turnbull are not getting a game and I do not know why Lenny is not playing them.
“David Turnbull is a fantastic player. He was the most sought-after player in Scotland before we signed him. Why are we not playing him?
“If there are people in that dressing room who want out, leave them out of the team and let these young players who want to play for the club get minutes.”