Frank McAvennie hailed the “fantastic” David Turnbull and claimed that the Celtic midfielder is showing why he belongs at the club.
The former Hoops and St Mirren forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that Neil Lennon has a “great pressure” on his team selections with the midfield no longer “picking themselves”.
Turnbull, 21, has only featured as a substitute for the Scottish champions since he arrived in a £3.25million deal at the back end of August but has impressed on those occasions.
Lennon is spoiled for choice in the middle of the park with Turnbull, Callum McGregor, Scott Brown, Ryan Christie, Olivier Ntcham, Ismaila Soro, Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton all to choose from.
McAvennie suggested that Turnbull, who was an unused substitute in last night’s 1-0 Europa League win at Sarajevo, is capable of playing in the offensive midfield position frequently occupied by Christie or McGregor as well as a defensive role.
“I thought he was fantastic at the weekend,” he told Football Insider. “He had a great 45 minutes.
“There was a swagger about him and I love that. He was not overawed to be at Celtic it was as if, ‘This is my team and I belong here.’ He did not look nervous at all and I like that.
“It is a couple of weeks he has been there now and that 45 minutes will have done him the world of good.
“It is a great pressure for Lenny to have. People are saying that Turnbull will come in for Browny eventually but I would be careful if I was Christie or McGregor, who is starting to come into form now. The midfield were picking themselves, but they are not anymore. They have all got to fight.”