Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham has refused to be drawn on what he thinks of Rangers’ form this season, revealing to The Herald he doesn’t watch them at all.
With a Scottish League Cup final against the Ibrox side just around the corner, every media interview with personnel at Celtic inevitably leads towards Steven Gerrard’s team.
The manager and his players will be probed to make a comment on their current situation and run of stellar results at home and abroad.
Ntcham though doesn’t seem to be interested in that line of questioning at all, claiming he doesn’t even take in any of their matches.
As quoted by The Herald, when asked what he thought of Gerrard’s men this season, he said: “I don’t even watch them to be honest. I think it will be a good game against them regardless.
“Every derby is different. Even if you have won the previous game comfortably, the next one can be completely different. You have to be fully focused on the game.
“I have some nice memories already in this fixture and hopefully I will have more after the final.”
Do our talking on the pitch
It’d be easy for Neil Lennon and his players to give the kind of soundbite that creates drama and controversy in the build-up to the match. As managers like Jose Mourinho have shown in the past, it can all be part of the theatre of football.
Glasgow is a different place entirely though and comments can come back to haunt players and managers on both sides of the divide.
Celtic can do their talking on the pitch and leave the back page splashes to others.
If we win on Sunday, no doubt Lennon will passionately back his team in the post-match press conference, as he did at Ibrox earlier this season.
Ntcham dodged this particular question expertly and, hopefully, he can be one of our stand-outs at Hampden this weekend.