By Frank McAvennie

21st Aug, 2021 | 11:00am

McAvennie: 'Kyogo will love' one Celtic teammate - I can't believe how good he is

David Turnbull will step into the shoes of Ryan Christie if he decides to depart Celtic this summer, according to Frank McAvennie.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Celtic striker raved about Turnbull’s ability – drawing parallels with illustrious Hoops names of old.

Turnbull, who signed for Celtic from Motherwell in 2020, has impressed in recent games against Jablonec and Hearts.

Ryan Christie was absent against Hearts, with McAvennie hinting that a potential move could be in the pipeline. The Scotland international’s contract expires in January.

He told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild: “Against Hearts, Turnbull was playing with a bit of freedom in Christie’s absence as they’re very similar players.

“They’re both very good at playing in pockets of space, so it’d be good to see a bit of healthy competition between the two of them.

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“I don’t know what the situation is with Christie’s contract – but something’s not right there. Maybe he will move on.”

“Turnbull is a wonderful player, I felt really sorry for him when he was struggling with injury before joining.

“I think him and Kyogo [Furuhashi] will strike up a wonderful partnership.

“I had a great relationship with Paul McStay and Peter Grant in midfield at Celtic, they always knew what I was doing.

“They were taking players away from me, and I can see Turnbull doing something similar for Kyogo.

“Some of Turnbull’s flicks and touches, I haven’t seen anything like it at Celtic Park for years.

“As a striker, I love it. Kyogo will love it.”

Turnbull eventually made the switch to Parkhead last summer for around £3million.

He scored nine in 35 appearances last season for the Bhoys and has already claimed two in the new campaign – both in Europa League qualifying against Jablonec.

In other news, this full-back is having a medical at Celtic today.