The 3 best Celtic players against Motherwell
Celtic enjoyed yet another victory on Sunday, comfortably beating Motherwell 2-0 in the Scottish Premiership.
The win is our seventh on the trot in three competitions.
When you consider that a national semi-final at Hampden and two matches against Lazio are part of that run, it’s fair to say things couldn’t be going much better right now.
Today’s visitors were no match for the Bhoys from the off, with Neil Lennon’s men never looking like they would drop points.
The three picked up ensures we stay at the top of the table by a slim margin. Rangers also won 2-0, away to Livingston.
We’re all about the Celtic though. So let’s look at today’s performance and pick out some of the top performers.
The Frenchman brought his scoring tally to 13 for the season after capitalising on a loose ball in the Motherwell box. He finished with conviction and confidence, which is no surprise given his current form over the last few months.
His goal wasn’t the only positive of his performance though. He was a classy outlet in attack throughout the 90 minutes, showing the kind of touches and strength that mark him out as one of the best players to pass through the Parkhead gates in recent years.
It was the 21-year-old’s through ball for Jonny Hayes to cross that resulted in the Steelmen’s own goal and our second of the afternoon.
Unable to take part in Thursday’s festivities because he’s not registered for the UEFA Europa League, Frimpong came right back into the starting eleven for today’s match.
His selection proves he’s a real Lennon favourite, with the manager choosing to continue using the youngster ahead of the experienced Moritz Bauer.
It wasn’t the wrong call. The teenager again showed why some fans are so excited about his potential.
His dribbling and pacy forward runs were a real highlight of the fixture. In one moment during the first half, he danced past a number of opposition players before finding himself in the box and passing into James Forrest.
While that summed up his dynamic threat on the right, he’s also defensively robust. All five of his appearances this season have resulted in victories, with four of them ending in clean sheets.
Long may it continue.
There were others to consider for this list. An honourable mention must go to Jonny Hayes, who was an energetic and confident performer on the left.
However, there was something about Ntcham’s display today that really impressed me. Admittedly, that could be because I’m still drinking in the high of his stunning goal on Thursday.
He glided about the Paradise pitch against Motherwell. He has a supreme variety of passing and composure on the ball you just don’t see from most in the Celtic squad.
Ryan Christie remains the prime pick as a third central midfield choice, but you can’t argue with Ntcham’s ability when he’s playing with confidence and motivation.
Fingers crossed he remains happy at the club and wants to stay beyond January, even when used rather sparingly from the start. He’s a joy to watch.