Pundit tells Neil Lennon to drop Celtic star vs Kilmarnock

Neil Lennon has been urged to drop the Celtic star when they take on Kilmarnock at Parkhead in the Premiership this Sunday.

Last night’s win over Lille was a rare bright spot for Celtic in what has truly been a disastrous season till now. But there were a lot of positives to take from last night’s performance and it provided hope that the Hoops are capable of turning this around.

The biggest talking point from last night was easily the emergence of David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro. The duo were brilliant last night and it is hard to see how Lennon can drop them for the game on Sunday.

And it looks like that is the view of Michael Stewart as well. He seemed very impressed with both the players and is expecting to see them start against Kilmarnock like most Celtic fans.

Speaking with BBC and as cited by HITC, the pundit said:

“I’m surprised it has taken this long for (Turnbull to get a chance) – he has had so few opportunities. I would be amazed if he was not in the team against Kilmarnock, and the same goes for Soro. He brought real dynamism to the middle of the park.”

He also told Lennon to drop Scott Brown:

“I think he has to. We can go round the houses as much as we want but Scott Brown is 35, and he can’t play every game.”

It is truly remarkable that it has taken Lennon this long to give a chance to both players. Turnbull arrived earlier in the summer but has barely seen any action since then. On the other hand, Soro has been at the club since January but actually made his first start for the club last night against Lille.

As a result, you have to question why the two have not been given the opportunity till now, especially considering how badly the Hoops have struggled this season. But let’s just say it is better late than never.

Turnbull had a hand in all three goals that Celtic scored last night. On the other hand, Soro brought a dynamism to the midfield that has been missing this season till now. As a result, it is hard to argue against dropping Scott Brown. The man is an absolute legend but he has not been at the top of his game this season. At 35 years of age, it could also be the best thing for his career if he is used less frequently than Lennon has.