By Frank McAvennie

30th Jan, 2021 | 11:00am

McAvennie View: 'People do not like' what Lennon did to Celtic youngster - Exclusive

Frank McAvennie is bewildered by Celtic boss Neil Lennon’s decision to withdraw David Turnbull in the second half against Hamilton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Parkhead legend said Lennon took the “easy option” by bringing the 21-year-old off who was “not happy at all” with his manager’s decision.

Turnbull was replaced by Ryan Christie after 70 minutes on Wednesday night as the Hoops beat Hamilton 2-0 at Celtic Park.

It was the second game running in which the midfielder was withdrawn in the second-half and on both occasions he looked disgruntled by the decision.

The Scotland Under-21 international has been one of Celtic’s star performers this season, his 22 appearances across all competitions have yielded six goals and three assists.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the Bhoys first victory in 2021, McAvennie said: “Something was not right.

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“Lenny can say as much as he wants but the defence was not great again.

“I do not know why he took Turnbull off because he was playing really well. People do not like that. You cannot just drag him off because you want to put Christie on.

“Turnbull was not happy getting taken off, he was not happy at all and I can understand that.

“He is a young boy who is full of energy, he does not need to be taken off. He is the future of Celtic.

“It is an easy option for Lenny but you cannot keep doing. I do not know why he has taken him off because he is one of our best players.” 

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