Celtic have had plenty of injury issues in the midfield this season. Currently, both Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie are out of action.

They have at least played for the boost in recent weeks. One midfielder hasn’t played since December and has been a big miss – Olivier Ntcham.

More forward thinking

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Ntcham was missed in the recent 0-0 draw with Aberdeen in particular. He would have been far more forward thinking than the duo of Scott Brown and Nir Bitton, who seemed to stifle the middle of the park.

When the Hoops have struggled in recent weeks, Ntcham would have been a big help. The midfield doesn’t look as good without him.

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It must be admitted that last start for the Hoops before his injury, the 1-0 loss to Rangers, was poor.

 

Not his usual performance

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However, that is unusual and not representative of his time at the club. The Hoops are really missing the box to box runs he can provide to the team.

With the Bhoys set to face some season-defining fixtures against Rangers and Aberdeen, Ntcham would be a valuable addition to the squad for those games.

He thrives in big games, such as the 1-0 win over Rangers earlier this season and last season’s Scottish Cup final.

It will be intriguing to see how interim boss Neil Lennon, himself a combative midfielder, handles a player like Ntcham. He will no doubt be looking forward to seeing him play.

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