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Celtic: David Turnbull was Lennon’s real match-winner vs Kilmarnock

Celtic will be breathing a sigh of relief after they emerged victorious from their latest Scottish Premiership clash.

The Hoops hosted Kilmarnock at Celtic Park and came out on top thanks to goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Shane Duffy.

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Neil Lennon lives to see another day thanks to his team’s hard-fought win at home.

But despite the club’s top scorer of the season popping up yet again with the goods, one player who went slightly under the radar was the manager’s real star man.

David Turnbull stars vs Kilmarnock

As predicted by Football FanCast earlier in the week, Lennon opted to start David Turnbull after his impressive shift against Lille in the midweek game.

The 21-year-old rewarded his manager’s faith by bagging himself a goal and an assist as the Bhoys secured a bittersweet 3-2 win to end their Europa League run.

His efforts earned him a place in the starting lineup to face Killie, and he didn’t disappoint. He repaid Lennon’s faith in dividends by completing 94% of his passes and providing the assist for his side’s second goal of the day, via SofaScore.

Turnbull also recorded a whopping eight key passes, had 74 touches and even did the dirty work, putting in one successful tackle.

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He totally outperformed his goalscoring partner, Elyounoussi, who managed a lower rating (7.4) than the summer signing (8.7).

In comparison, the Saints loanee only managed to make 67% of his 30 passing attempts, of which just one was a key ball.

This could well be the start of a fruitful future for the young Scot, and he is doing everything he possibly can to make sure he is getting noticed.

When he signed for the Hoops in the summer, Lennon waxed lyrical over the deal and said that Turnbull has a “real touch of class” about him.

Indeed, he is already showcasing this, and he has made a very strong case for himself to start the remaining games of the season. He was the true match-winner, not Elyounoussi.

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