Back in favour Olivier Ntcham should be handed Champions League start

By John Reid

August 2, 2019

It seems that Olivier Ntcham is now firmly back in the fold at Celtic. He made his first start of the season in the recent 2-0 win over Nomme Kalju, and performed well.

Neil Lennon revealed to the Scottish Sun that he has had a serious of talks with the player, and it seems to have had the required effect, in the short-term at least.

Seems committed to club

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He may have wanted to leave Celtic in the summer, but for now Ntcham seems committed to the club. It should be remembered that when Ntcham is on-form, he is one of the best players in the Celtic team.

For that reason alone, he should be selected for the Hoops’ upcoming Champions League clash against Cluj in Romania.

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Should play in ‘number 10’ role

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He played in the ‘number 10’ role against Kalju, and it would be a good idea to repeat this role in the qualifying round tie.

Normally Ryan Christie has played that role for the Hoops this season. But Ntcham has that little bit of extra experience that could be vital for the Hoops in Europe.

Ntcham was played well for the Hoops in Euorpe before, so it would not be a gamble to start him in the game. Neil Lennon will have to get his team selection just right for the game against Cluj. But starting Ntcham seems like a sensible idea.