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Celtic: Postecoglou must unleash David Turnbull in Old Firm clash

Celtic are back in action tomorrow with another Premiership clash against their Glasgow arch-rivals.

This time, the Hoops will be on their home turf at Parkhead to try and pick up what could be a crucial win for their hopes of securing the league title under Ange Postecoglou.

Their previous outing saw the Bhoys secure a 2-0 win over Ross County thanks to goals from Jota and Kyogo Furuhashi.

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One man who didn’t start last weekend but should be in the Celtic team to take on Rangers this time around is David Turnbull.

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Since recovering from a hamstring injury in March, the midfielder has yet to start a league game for the Hoops, making five appearances off the bench instead. Prior to that, the 22-year-old had played the full 90 minutes in all but two of Celtic’s league games, scoring five goals and providing four assists along the way.

To further highlight how deadly the Scotsman is for opposition goalkeepers, only Liel Abada (79) has racked up more shots at goal for the Hoops than the midfield dynamo (71). He also has the second-highest number (141) of crosses among Celtic players this season, behind Jota (203).

This shows just how much of a game-changer Turnbull can be from midfield, and also why it could be the ideal time for Postecoglou to finally give him his first league start since December.

Back in August, the 56-year-old shared his praise for the 22-year-old and the qualities that he has on and off the pitch, saying: “He has all the ingredients, physically, he works hard, great technique, good temperament.”

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Now that the Bhoys have the chance to open up a nine-point gap between them and their Glasgow arch-rivals tomorrow, having a player like Turnbull in the team from the beginning who can be a nuisance in front of goal could be the best way forward for the Hoops to secure victory.

Despite the big occasion, giving the young midfielder a chance to shine from the start of the match should definitely be in Postecoglou’s thinking when it comes to selecting his starting XI this time around.

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