Whelan names three Celtic youngsters who can inspire turnaround
Under pressure Celtic boss Neil Lennon can turn it around at Parkhead if he bloods more young players into the first team.
That is the view of former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, about the impact of the young homegrown players at Parkhead.
David Turnbull, 21, Stephen Welsh, 21, and Greg Taylor, 23, all starred in the Hoops’ 2-1 win over Motherwell at the weekend.
The pair are currently keeping experienced loanees Shane Duffy and Diego Laxalt out of Lennon’s starting XI.
Fellow youngsters Ewan Henderson, 20, and Michael Johnston, 21, were both named on the bench at Parkhead.
And Whelan has called on Lennon to focus his energies on developing the young talent at his disposal in the second half of the season.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Sometimes you have to put loyalties to players that have been there or that you feel are more experienced to one side.
“It’s not about that. It’s amazing what young, fresh blood like Taylor, Welsh and Turnbull can do to a side and the energy that it brings to everyone around you.
“I think that’s what needs to be done now at Celtic. I think they need some more homegrown players in there and some youth.
“You want to give them the trust and belief that they can do the job because they’ve proven they can do that.”
Midfielder Turnbull moved to Celtic in the summer and, while not an academy graduate, has been a shining light in their poor season.
The 21-year-old has scored five times and provided six assists in 21 games across all competitions this term.