Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham came in for criticism from quite a few of his team’s supporters following his performance on Boxing Day.
The 23-year-old was kept in a central attacking midfield role for the game at St Mirren on Thursday, the fourth time in the last five Premiership matches in which he has played that position as James Forrest and Ryan Christie lined up either side of him.
Ntcham managed to draw a couple of saves from the home side’s goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky, who got a hand to a long-range effort from the Frenchman in the first half and pulled off another good save from the Celtic man in the 78th minute. [via Sky Sports]
Despite those two efforts on target, some reporters identified weak points in his performance against the Buddies. Ryan Brown of Read Celtic stated that “occasionally his passing didn’t come off” while John Reid of 67hailhail.com felt that the midfielder “started slowly” before getting into his stride.
These Celtic fans on Twitter were rather unconvinced by Ntcham’s display against St Mirren, with some calling for a midfield reshuffle for the visit of Rangers on Sunday:
Three points in the bag and that's what matters. Time to end the Ntcham experiment once and for all.
— Eddie Keane (@Eddiek62) December 26, 2019
Christie on the wings wasted. Ntcham a passenger by and large man, Lovely football player but how often do we see it?
— Mire CSC (@TheMireCSC2002) December 26, 2019
Ntcham slows the pace down at every attack he’s involved in! Johnston to start on Sunday with Christie moved back into his proper position please Lenny
— BhoyWonder (@Fdunn1982) December 26, 2019
ntcham was dire. Still left on the pitch. He’s too lazy
— Eddie van Coupon (@coupon_eddie) December 26, 2019
Start mikey johnston instead of ntcham on sunday please and get our best players in there fave positions 👌
— Andy (@andydonald_) December 26, 2019
Announce everyone in their best positions and relegate Ntcham to the fancy flick fives team.
— Mick (@kayeyeensee) December 26, 2019
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