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TBR View: Neil Lennon must unleash rarely-seen Celtic star in the Premiership

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TBR View: Neil Lennon must unleash rarely-seen Celtic star in the Premiership

Celtic earned a morale-boosting victory against Lille as the curtain came down on their Europa League campaign for 2020/21.

The Hoops finished bottom of Group H after a miserable campaign but they did at least bow out with a victory.

One man might have just shown the relevant promise last night to tempt Neil Lennon into picking him more often.

David Turnbull arrived with plenty of promise during the summer transfer window, costing £3.25 million from Motherwell.

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Since arriving at Celtic Park, however, his dream move hasn’t really lived up to the billing.

The 21-year-old has started just once in the Scottish Premiership and has failed to impress Lennon.

Last night he showcased his credentials though with a stunning showing operating just behind Patrick Klimala in the attack.

 

He scored his team’s last goal and also claimed an assist, capping off a pretty much perfect night.

The future of Lennon is currently in question with Celtic on a pretty bleak run of form.

His team has won just one of their last five matches in the Premiership and trail Rangers by 13 points.

A title win for Celtic this season would see them win a tenth in succession – but right now that doesn’t look likely.

In Turnbull, however, a small shoot of sunshine is peeking out from a pretty black cloud.

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Last night he showed composure, intelligence and energy as helped Celtic defeat a good Ligue 1 outfit in Lille.

Some might suggest he has been woefully underused so far this season and it’s time for Lennon to take that on board.

Plenty of Celtic players haven’t cut the mustard this year but in Turnbull, they have a player who could be a Parkhead star for years to come.

The time has come for Lennon to unleash Turnbull domestically.

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