Frank McAvennie is baffled by Celtic boss Neil Lennon’s decision to bring David Turnbull off in the 2-2 draw at Livingston.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said that he “felt sorry” for the 21-year-old who was “not happy” with his manager’s decision in the second half.

Turnbull maintained his place in a much-changed eleven on Wednesday night as the Hoops extended their winless run to four after a 2-2 draw at the Tony Macaroni Arena.


The midfielder was replaced by Mikey Johnston with the scores level and just 10 minutes to go, much to the disappointment of the player and fans.

Despite rarely starting before December, Turnbull has been Celtic’s standout performer this season with six goals and three assists in 21 appearances in all competitions.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Lennon’s decision to withdraw Turnbull, McAvennie said:

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“Turnbull has been one of the only positives this season but I felt sorry for him last night.

“Elyounoussi was coming in from the left, Christie from the right and Turnbull had nowhere to run into and that was his game. There would too many players on the inside. It was too tight.

“It does not take a genius to know that you need to get down the wings but it is something Celtic do not do anymore.

“When he got took off last night he was not happy and I would have been. I thought he was doing alright. “

In other news, Celtic have made an approach to sign a midfielder with 263 Premier League appearances to his name.