Celtic’s recent excellent form has left manager Neil Lennon with some welcome selection dilemmas. For example, who should play in the middle of the park?
After not featuring for much of this season, Olivier Ntcham has emerged recently to become a regular in the side. However, despite Ntcham’s recent good performances, he does not make the grade when it comes to Hoops legend Chris Sutton’s preferred selection for the middle of the park.
Sutton’s choice would be a midfield trio of Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie.
“I rate Ntcham and his performances have been much more like it of late. He has power and can pick a pass but it’s about where to play him” Sutton said, writing in his column in the Daily Record.
“You can’t argue”
“If his head is in the game he’ll be hard to leave out. But you can’t argue with Scott Brown, McGregor and Christie as a midfield three, as I prefer Christie in the No.10 role.”
It is hard to disagree with Sutton’s choice for the middle of the park. The trio of Brown, McGregor and Christie have been excellent for the Hoops this season.
More advanced role gets best out of player
Playing Christie as a number 1o also gets the best out of the player. He has played on the wing for the Hoops occasionally this season, but he seems far more suited to pushing forward from the middle of the park.
It would not be a surprise to see Neil Lennon disagree with Sutton’s choice though, and continue to play Ntcham in the side. Ntcham has been playing well, and Lennon may feel that he is worth keeping on the side.
Whoever starts for the Hoops in the middle of the park should make them stronger than their opponents, which is the end goal after all. However, for the Hoops to be at their attacking best, Lennon should pick the three that Sutton has identified.