Celtic enjoyed their first win since facing Motherwell in the Premiership last month. The Hoops produced a spirited performance to fend off European rivals Lille in a thrilling 3-2 win.
It was a bittersweet result for Neil Lennon though. Despite their efforts to bank a victory, their fate was already sealed before they hosted the French outfit at Celtic Park. With this being their only win of the competition, the Bhoys tumble out of the Europa League after a disappointing run overall.
They will now shift attention to the weekend when they prepare to face Kilmarnock, and one man who should make the starting lineup is David Turnbull.
The £1.6million-rated midfielder only joined the Glasgow outfit in the summer after making his move from Motherwell. But despite being a new addition to the squad, he has struggled for consistent game time under Lennon.
His start against Lille was his first since he featured against St Johnstone back in October. Due to his limited first-team minutes, he has just two goals and two assists across all competitions (via Transfermarkt). But although he hasn’t opened up his account in the same style as Mohamed Elyounoussi, he is showing extreme promise to become someone Lennon can rely on.
Turnbull bagged himself a goal and an assist against Lille and made three key passes to cause a lot of bother for their defence (via Sofascore). In just 90 minutes he has shown more creativity than the likes of Scott Brown, who is without a single goalscoring contribution this season despite featuring in more games.
Before the midfielder left Motherwell, he was lauded as a “special talent” by James McFadden and his move to Celtic is looking like one that will benefit both Turnbull and the club.
Lennon must consider putting him down as one of the first names on the team sheet ahead of their weekend clash with Kilmarnock.