Celtic midfielder Oliver Ntcham has been a mainstay of the Hoops side since the team came back from the winter break.

He has certainly showed why in recent weeks, scoring against Clyde in the Scottish Cup on Sunday, and then opening the scoring for the Hoops during Wednesday night’s game against Hearts.

A case of right place, right time

It was a case of right place, right time for the Frenchman, as after Odsonne Edouard’s shot was saved, Ntcham was on hand to hammer home the rebound.

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The game ended 5-0 to the Hoops, who stay clear at the top of the league. Indeed, it was a night of celebration for the Hoops, as the lead at the top of the league was extended to 10 points as Rangers were defeated by Kilmarnock.

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham / (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The goal was Ntcham’s eighth of the season, he has now scored three times since becoming an integral part of Neil Lennon’s 3-5-2 formation.

Ntcham’s all-round performance for the Hoops has been excellent since he took the place of Ryan Christie in the Hoops side.

Christie was probably Celtic’s best player before the winter break, but he has had to be satisfied with a place on the bench recently, as Ntcham has been playing far too well to be dropped by the Hoops boss Neil Lennon.

Must stay in side even if formation changes

Even if Neil Lennon thinks about changing his team’s formation, and perhaps moves to a 4-3-3, he still has to find a place in the team for Ntcham.

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

After a relatively indifferent first-half of the season, Ntcham is now one of Celtic’s most important players.

Some Celtic fans on social media were impressed with both Ntcham’s performance and his goal against Hearts.

Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter to Ntcham’s display against Hearts:

 

 

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