Former Celtic striker turned pundit, Frank McAvennie believes that Hoops midfielder David Turnbull could depart early if he continues to be substituted early.

Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie thinks that the former Motherwell man could become ‘fed up’ with continually being substituted early in games and eventually look elsewhere for a move away from the club.

“I just do not get it. I would be very careful with Turnbull because there will come a time when he gets fed up of it and look elsewhere.

“He is a super exciting player and he compliments Scott Brown in there.

“I was just a wee bit disappointed when he changed it. He took Turnbull off but he should have gone like-for-like and replaced Christie with Forrest. Christie did nothing in the game, he did not do anything.

“He has never really excelled against Rangers. I am not saying he is a bad player, but it should have been like for like on Sunday.

“We needed a goal and we went flat when Turnbull came off. It has happened before. I am fed up of this fitness nonsense. The coaching staff should have him fit.”

In his last 12 appearances for the club, Turnbull has only completed 90 minutes in one of those games.

This has become a frustration to a lot of fans who believe Turnbull is actually one of the players who should remain on the park with his ability to open up opposition defences.

Fitness has been a big problem for a lot of players this campaign, so it isn’t just something Turnbull that suffers from becoming fatigued later in games.

It is certainly a problem we should be looking to fix going into next season, under a new manager which could result in seeing a whole other side of Turnbull.


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