McAvennie: I can't believe how Lennon is treating Turnbull - he's a future 'superstar'

Celtic manager Neil Lennon might be repeatedly withdrawing David Turnbull because of a niggling injury, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former Hoops and St Mirren legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, heaped praise on the 21-year-old who he claims is a “superstar” in the making.

Turnbull was taken off 81 minutes into the 1-0 win over Aberdeen in midweek, with the midfielder having scored the only goal of the game.

It was the eighth consecutive game in which he has been withdrawn by Lennon before full-time.

McAvennie believes the Bhoys boss is treading a fine line with the Scotland Under-21 international if he does not have a fitness-related reason for his withdrawal.

“Why is Turnbull being taken off in every match? That is the big question,” he told Football Insider.

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“As a player I would not be happy so maybe something is wrong. I could be speaking out of turn. As a player, you do not like being taken off. It might be a wee niggling thing with Turnbull.

“You cannot continually take a player off. He did it with Rogic and he was never happy. You cannot do that to a boy as good as Turnbull. The boy is going to be a superstar.

“As a player, you understand being taken off every now and again but every game? No.

“He is coming off after 70 minutes and he’s still winning man of the match. That say’s everything.” 

In other news, Frank McAvennie has slammed Celtic for a “big mistake” they made after a reveal by former Hoops man Tommy Johnson.