Class Olivier Ntcham comments add to Diego Laxalt Celtic excitement

By David Walton

October 6, 2020

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham has reacted to the club’s signing of AC Milan’s Diego Laxalt on loan.

Laxalt and Ntcham spent time together during their respective stints with Genoa in Serie A between 2016 and 2017, with both men having initially joined the club on loan. Genoa took the option up of signing Laxalt permanently back in 2016, whilst Ntcham was eventually sent back to Manchester City a year later.

Now, the pair have been reunited once again as Ntcham welcomes Laxalt to Parkhead in a season-long deal. According to Sky Sports (Deadline day blog; 21:36), there is no option-to-buy after a failure to agree a fee between Celtic and Milan.

Celtic man Diego Laxalt / (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

But even so, Ntcham was pleased to see his old Genoa team-mate arrive in Glasgow. Speaking to Celtic’s official website, the midfielder said the following:

“It’s great that Diego has joined Celtic because he’s a very good player and a very good guy.

“He’s a really quick player, really sharp and is very motivated. He’ll be a good player for Celtic because he’s got the right mentality and always works hard for the team.”

A chance to do something historic

It’s terrific for both Ntcham and Laxalt that they now have the chance to immediately create something historic together in securing 10-in-a-row for Celtic.

The Frenchman has been in and out of the starting XI this season, but has still played a part in every game to some extent. So both he and Laxalt will likely be spending a lot of time on the pitch with each other too.

The Uruguayan’s remit will have been to provide competition for Greg Taylor. However, that feels like an insult to the new man. Not because Taylor isn’t a capable footballer, but because Laxalt has featured on so many big stages that he should be the automatic first-choice.

New Celtic signing Diego Laxalt / (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Ntcham’s reveal that he has speed will also please a lot of supporters. Whether it’s as a wing-back or a left-back in a defensive four, Laxalt’s going to have plenty of responsibility up the other end of the pitch. He’ll need his pace to quickly get back into position as well as ensuring that he’s delivering some dangerous crosses in the final third.

Laxalt is also the first Uruguayan to play for the club, with the Hoops having never signed one of his countrymen throughout our entire history.

He’ll feel the weight of the new-found responsibility on him from the moment he steps onto the pitch. Here’s hoping that comes against Rangers on October 17th.

In other news, Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been given yet another big boost after his brilliant comeback at the weekend.