Olivier Ntcham was left out of the Celtic starting line-up that faced Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final last week.

You have to say that the midfielder wasn’t missed, as the Hoops cruised to a 3-0 victory. However, with Ryan Christie suffering an injury in that game, there is now a void to be filled in the middle of the park.

That space can be filled by Ntcham, and it could help Callum McGregor’s game as well.

Trio could start Easter Road clash

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When the Hoops face Hibs on Sunday, the trio that Neil Lennon could play are Ntcham, McGregor and Scott Brown.

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Playing Ntcham and Brown would allow the Hoops to have a solid defensive presence in the middle of the park. That makes sense against a team in good form.

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Allow midfielder to support the striker

It would also allow McGregor to get forward and support the striker on the day, most likely Odsonne Edouard.

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If the Hoops were at home, perhaps a Tom Rogic would play instead of Ntcham.

 

However, against a Hibs team who will undeniably make the game into a battle, Ntcham is the man for the job.

Hibs will be even more determined not to lose the game when you consider that Celtic could win the league at Easter Road.

That determination needs to be matched in the middle of the park. Ntcham can do that, and also give McGregor the space to go forward.

 

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