Celtic must push Olivier Ntcham forward at Dundee

By Connor Gordon

October 31, 2018

Brendan Rodgers should change Celtic’s shape for the Dundee game by dropping the holding midfield role and pushing Olivier Ntcham forward.

The Bhoys have typically played a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 since Rodgers took over in 2016.

However with Scott Brown being injured and Youssouf Mulumbu AWOL, this gives us a good chance to experiment.

No holding midfielder worked on Sunday

This was done to an extent against Hearts on Sunday when Eboue Kouassi and Ntcham went off.

Celtic reaped the rewards with a stunning 3-0 victory in the second half.

(Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Fans have said that we don’t need a holding midfielder in most domestic games.

With Scott Brown as captain this will be less likely when he returns.

How to handle the Dundee game

Against a faltering Dundee side, Celtic should go all guns blazing for the victory.

There is no need to stick two midfielders in front of the defence against a team of that quality.

Ntcham should be partnered in the middle with Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie wide left.

Olivier Ntcham should play higher up tonight against Dundee. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Teams often sit back against Celtic and are often hard to break down, especially this season.

By having the two central midfielders pushed up, this would make it harder for Dundee to defend against.

There would be more options to pass in the middle when going forward and the attackers can push up.

No change required to defence

What Celtic shouldn’t do though is drop any defenders for the Dundee game.

Eyes would turn to the right back area but there’s no need for this game to lose a defender.

Jim McIntyre’s men will try and hit Celtic on the counter and we need a structured defensive line.

Jim McIntyre will set his Dundee side up to defend and pounce on the counter. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Dundee do have tricky wingers who will be a handful to deal with and having no defenders to deal with them would cause problems.

Tonight’s game allows players such as Christie to push on and could also show that we don’t need to be so reliant on our holding midfielders to get a result.