There were plenty of reasons to be buzzing with tonight’s 3-0 win at McDiarmid Park, but Olivier Ntcham’s celebration is right up there.
It’s been a hectic day for the Frenchman if he’s allowed the media to catch his attention. Firstly, FootMercato had reported that West Ham United were in “advanced talks” to sign him. That was then shot down by the Daily Record, who themselves claimed that Celtic sources had informed them that it was “agent talk”.
Whatever it was, it wasn’t a welcome story to come out just hours before a potential banana skin at St Johnstone.
Thankfully, Ntcham started the contest, which ended any idea that he was preoccupied with talks. However, just as welcome as his selection in the team was both his goal and celebration.
Ntcham connected with a James Forrest cross after some brilliant build-up play between Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths early on. But after his goal, he didn’t celebrate it like a player who looks for the off. Have a look below:
St. Johnstone 0- 1- Celtic
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— GOALMW (@GOALMW2) January 29, 2020
Ntcham’s delight was evident
It was a telling celebration that was full of euphoria, and it was great to see the team-spirit after the goal too. It was a massive moment in the game, and set us up for success on the night.
However, it wasn’t just his goal tonight either. His performance was potentially man-of-the-match worthy. His range of passing and speed on the break was massive for us in the first 45.
When Ntcham is in this kind of mood, he’s a joy to watch. It’s no wonder that he’s had a run in the team in recent weeks, and performances like tonight will make him undroppable.
But it looks as though any rumours about his future can be squashed for now. It was important for supporters that we saw some enjoyment in Ntcham’s performance tonight. That’s exactly what we did see – a player thoroughly enjoying his football.
He’s going to be key in the coming weeks. When we play with such speed to our game, Ntcham can really come to life with his ability to pick out a pass. All of his positive attributes were on show tonight.
And, as we close out another game in the Premiership, it looks as though we can close any idea that our French midfielder is leaving anytime soon. Certainly if his attitude tonight was anything to go by.