Celtic’s Jonny Hayes was on the pitch when Olivier Ntcham made history by scoring Celtic’s last minute winner against Lazio to give the Hoops their first ever win in Italy.
Hayes had no doubt that Ntcham was going to find the back of the net, despite a less than convincing first touch. He explained why to the Celtic View, identifying a common trait than Ntcham and some of his other French team-mates at the club have.
“I’m sure if he’d taken a better touch he could still have slid it across the keeper, but it worked out perfectly in the end” Hayes said, as reported by the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 20, Page. 17).
Hayes then identified the coolness under pressure that Ntcham, Odsonne Edouard, and former Bhoy Moussa Dembele have shown during his time at the club.
“Always so relaxed”
“These French boys are cool as cucumbers – Olly, Odsonne, Moussa was the same – in high-pressure situations they’re always so relaxed, and that’s obviously great for us elsewhere on the pitch.”
It is fair to say that on numerous occasions Edouard and Ntcham have showed they can deliver under pressure. A perfect example is Edouard’s opening goal in Celtic’s 2-0 win over Rangers this season.
Didn’t hesitate when through on goal
He was clean through on goal, but didn’t hesitate and calmly put the ball into the back of the net. That coolness under pressure is partly why Edouard and Ntcham will be in demand when they move on from Celtic, and why Moussa Dembele was sold by the club for £19.7 million.
Celtic are lucky to have players in their team with that ability. That has enabled the club to win the last nine domestic trophies in a row, and this season Ntcham’s goal helped the Hoops book a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Hopefully the traits outlined by Hayes help the Hoops to further glory before the end of the season.