By Noel Whelan

3rd Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Pundit makes 'horrible' Turnbull claim as Celtic teammates blasted for what they're doing to him

David Turnbull has been let down by the more experienced players at Celtic this season, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, slammed the Hoops’ “elder statesmen” over the lack of confidence at Parkhead.

Turnbull made a major blunder in the 4-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen as his missed kick led to the opening goal of the game.

Despite his blunder, Ange Postecoglou named the 22-year-old among the starting XI for Sunday’s visit to Aberdeen.

A standout performer for the Bhoys last season, Turnbull has struggled to replicate his impressive form this term.

In his opening seven league outings, he scored three goals – all in the 6-0 win over St Mirren – and failed to contribute an assist.

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Whelan admitted confidence at Parkhead would be low after their disappointing start to the campaign.

However, he suggested the more experienced players, and not Turnbull, need to take responsibility.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He needs help from the more experienced players in and around him.

“He’s still young, still learning his trade. Last year he put himself in the limelight but you still need help from your older peers and elder statesman.

“People at the club, they’ve got to understand he’s still young.

“When you’ve got a problem with confidence throughout the team and one person, it kind of filters around everybody. It’s a horrible feeling.

“The only way to get over things like that is winning games consistently. It brings about that confidence and that belief.”

In other news, former Celtic star claims Ange Postecoglou “sick of his life” at Parkhead after outburst.