David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro could end up running rings around Steven Davis when Celtic visit Rangers on Saturday, according to Frank McAvennie.
The former Hoops striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has insisted Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield will be sorely missed by Steven Gerrard in the middle of the park after their respective injury blows.
As quoted by the Times, the Gers boss confirmed the duo would miss the second Glasgow derby of the season, although he still has the likes of Davis, Glen Kamara and Bongani Zungu to call upon.
Arfield had been in good form for Rangers before he was forced off against Hibernian on Boxing Day, while Jack’s ongoing knee problem means he has not been seen since late November.
Meanwhile, Celtic’s midfield has been at the heart of their resurgence over the festive period.
Turnbull, 21, has scored in three successive games after he returned to the starting XI at the start of December while Soro, 22, netted his first goal for the Hoops with a 25-yard strike against Dundee United.
McAvennie has suggested Saturday’s clash could be won or lost in the middle of the park and that Celtic’s dynamic duo could prove a serious handful for the experienced Davis.
“Jack and Arfield will be a big miss for Rangers,” McAvennie told Football Insider.
“They are two very important players for them so it will be interesting to see how Steven Gerrard lines up.
“Davis will definitely start in the midfield and it will be interesting to see how settles with Soro and Turnbull running around him.
“The energy that those two bring to the team, Davis will need to be at his best.
“It is going to be an intriguing encounter. Soro’s goal the other day, incredible. It is going to be a good battle.”