Frank McAvennie has backed new Celtic signing David Turnbull to make his Hoops debut in this weekend’s game against Ross County.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Celtic striker said he expects Turnbull to play a big part this season and insists he was not signed for the future.

The 21-year-old almost secured a move from Moteherwell to Parkhead last summer before it collapsed at the eleventh hour.

This site revealed last month that Celtic paid a lower fee for the playmaker than was proposed last year.

The Hoops have payed an initial £2.75million which could rise to £3.25million which is less than the £3millions plus £500,000 of add-ons they were set to pay last summer.

Asked by Football Insider whether he expects Turnbull to make his Hoops debut against Ross County, McAvennie said: “I’m hoping.

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“Ryan Christie played two games for Scotland but Callum McGregor didn’t play so I think Callum will play and in my opinion he’s a mainstay in the team.

“For Celtic, I think Callum McGregor has been wonderful, I know Ryan (Christie) has been scoring goals (for Scotland) but they were a couple of penalties.

“I like the boy Turnbull and Lennon will put him in. This is a perfect game for him I think.

“I would think they’ll put him in so he can get the feeling of it. It’s good for the team to have Turnbull. 

“You look around and you see new faces and lets be honest (Shane) Duffy and Turnbull are two good pros, two good players.

“This is not the season for Celtic to buy players for next year or the year after. I don’t think Turnbull has been brought in for that I think he’s been brought in to help the midfield. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing him and Celtic now have bundles of player in the midfield.”

In other Celtic news, Alex McLeish has revealed how teams will target Shane Duffy’s “weakness”.