Ahead of Celtic’s game against St Mirren on Wednesday, Hoops boss Neil Lennon confirmed that Olivier Ntcham was back in training ahead of the game.

This is good news for the Hoops, as the player has been out of action with an ankle problem since the international break.

Now that he seems to be just about approaching full fitness, Lennon should hand Ntcham his first start in a month against St Mirren on Wednesday night.


That might be a bit of a gamble as Ntcham has not played for the Hoops since the 1-1 draw with Hibs in September. However, due to the hectic nature of Celtic’s schedule the move makes sense.

Hoops facing hectic schedule

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The Hoops not only play St Mirren, but in the next eight days face Hibs in the Betfred Cup semi-final and then take on Lazio in a huge Europa League fixture.

In those games, you imagine that Neil Lennon will give the nod to Scott Brown and Callum McGregor to start. They are currently Celtic’s number one midfield duo.

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However, they could do with some time off once in a while. That is where Ntcham comes in. He could start to ease the number of games that Brown and McGregor have to play.

Decision is worth taking

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Even if Ntcham plays for an hour it could be a decision that is worth taking by Neil Lennon. With no disrespect meant to St Mirren, the Hoops should be good enough to defeat the struggling Paisley side even if a few changes are made.

Therefore, even though he is just returning from a spell out of the side, Celtic should give Ntcham a first start in a while against St Mirren.

It will be good to have him back in the team, as on his day he is one of Celtic’s best players. Hopefully be proves that against St Mirren.

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