Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that he is considering giving Olivier Ntcham his first Celtic start in four games in the Hoops’ Europa League group stage game against Rennes.
Ntcham has not featured that often for the Hoops in recent weeks. However, that could change in the player’s return to France.
“He’s a good player”
“Yes, I am tempted to bring him in, because he’s a good player” Lennon said, as reported by the Evening Express.
The Hoops boss also stated his belief that the return to France for Ntcham, Odsonne Edouard and Christopher Jullien will give the trio an ‘incentive’ to play well.
“I always think going back to your home country is a great incentive to show the people back home, your family, your friends, how much you have come on and how much you have developed.”
That could be an extra motivation indeed for the players. Ntcham’s chances of starting the game seemed to increase when he did not feature in the recent game against Hamilton.
Kept on bench for recent game
He stayed on the bench, perhaps being rested for the game against Rennes. If Ntcham does start, who will miss out for the Hoops?
It could be Callum McGregor, who has at times struggled to replicate his excellent form from last season. Or it could be Ryan Christie, if the Hoops want to play more defensively.
Ntcham could indeed have something to prove going into the game. That he deserves to start more often for the Hoops.
A good performance against Rennes could make the player undroppable from the starting line-up for a long time to come.