By Frank McAvennie

20th Dec, 2020 | 8:30pm

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Frank McAvennie has hailed Neil Lennon’s Celtic shake-up after the quadruple treble but pointed out how the recent slump was caused by all the players hitting a bad patch simultaneously.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Parkhead legend credited the introduction of David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro to the side earlier this month for the Hoops upturn in form.

Kristoffer Ajer sealed a historic quadruple treble for Celtic today after a dramatic final Scottish Cup final, which finished 3-3 after extra-time, was decided on penalties.

Turnbull retained his place in Neil Lennon’s starting eleven for the trip to Hampden Park but Soro was replaced by captain Scott Brown.

The two previous games in which Soro and David Turnbull started resulted in victories over Lille and Kilmarnock.

McAvennie believes the midfield duo provided the “spark” for the Hoops to recover from a barren run of form which yielded just two wins in 12.

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“I think all of the players are behind Neil,” he told Football Insider.

“It is just confusing because I do not think I have been at a club, or seen it before, where all of the players have hit a bad patch at the same time. That is why everybody was saying something was wrong but they may have all hit a bad patch.

“I think the change in midfield was the spark needed.

“That is three good results in a time where teams are playing Celtic with confidence. I am delighted with the way they are playing now.” 

In other news, it can be REVEALED that Celtic are ready to open talks with £4million-valued star in January over free transfer.