Celtic: Rodgers must unleash David Turnbull on Ross County
The attacking midfielder was rarely-used by Ange Postecoglou last season.
Celtic’s 2023/24 Scottish Premiership campaign is set to begin this afternoon as they host Ross County at Parkhead on the opening day.
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Brendan Rodgers will be without defenders Alistair Johnston and Yuki Kobayashi and summer signing Marco Tilio, who arrived from Melbourne City, through injury.
However, Hyeok-kyu Kwon, Hyun-jun Yang, Maik Nawrocki, and Odin Thiago Holm could all make their debuts for the Bhoys following their respective moves to Scotland during the transfer window.
Central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and right-back Anthony Ralston could also make their competitive returns from injury, although the Northern Irish boss has confirmed that they are not fully up to speed ahead of this clash.
Will David Turnbull start against Ross County?
One player who should be unleashed from the start for the game today is attacking midfielder David Turnbull, who could benefit from the change in management this summer.
The Scotland international could thrive if Rodgers opts for his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation as his form in a number ten position under Neil Lennon suggests that the potential is there for him to be a lethal partner for Kyogo Furuhashi at the top end of the pitch.
Turnbull, who only started six Premiership matches for Ange Postecoglou last season, showcased his immense creative talents across 30 league starts throughout the 2020/21 campaign.
He consistently carved open the opposition’s defence from an attacking midfield role, which could now be available to him under Rodgers, and averaged 2.9 key passes per game.
Matt O’Riley led the way for the Hoops in that sense last season as he averaged 2.1 chances created per outing. This suggests that Turnbull has the ability to be Celtic’s outstanding creative threat if he is able to replicate his form for Lennon under Rodgers’ management in a number ten position.
The ex-Motherwell starlet, who was recently hailed for his “excellent” pre-season by the boss, only registered six assists from 104 chances created in the 2020/21 season and Kyogo’s presence could provide him with a clinical scorer to make the most of the opportunities he creates.