One of the surprises about Celtic’s starting line-up that faced Rennes in the Europa League was that Olivier Ntcham didn’t start the game.
It was particularly surprising when you consider that Neil Lennon said before the game that he was considering starting Ntcham in the game.
However, he elected not to, and you can’t really argue with his decision as the Hoops earned a creditable 1-1 draw in France.
Excelled in advanced role
Ntcham did come on in the second-half though, and was excellent. He played in an advanced role, almost supporting the main striker.
This is the second time in recent games that Ntcham has impressed in a cameo, he was similarly excellent in the win over Rangers at Ibrox.
Neil Lennon should reward the player for these performances by giving him a start in Celtic’s next league game against Kilmarnock.
Good move to start player in next game
There is a good chance that Lennon could make more than a few changes in personnel for that game. Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see Ntcham return to the Celtic side for the game at Celtic Park.
Perhaps it would be a good idea to see him once more play in a more advanced role. It seems to suit his game.
At the moment Scott Brown and Callum McGregor as Celtic’s first picks in the middle of the park, and that probably won’t change any time soon.
However, there is still a place for Ntcham in the side. His recent substitute performances have shown that. If Neil Lennon wants the three players to start the game for the Hoops, then playing Ntcham further up the pitch is the way to go.
It might be a gamble to change Ntcham’s position, but it looks to have paid off in his cameo appearances. Now he should be given the chance to start for the Hoops in the advanced role.