Celtic made it 12 goals in just two Scottish Premiership games this season with a 5-2 rout of Motherwell on Saturday and, for one man in particular, a powerful display continued his redemption after a difficult summer in which he drew the ire of manager Neil Lennon.
Olivier Ntcham angered his boss a few weeks ago when he told French newspaper L’Equipe that he was seeking a greater challenge than the Scottish Premiership and said that he would “blossom” at Marseille if he moved there.
Lennon was not impressed, telling Sky Sports News: “When I speak to Olivier it will be done privately but you can imagine, we find the comments untimely and not particularly accurate.
“I will be speaking to him about his mindset and his attitude toward the club as well which, the way it came across, didn’t look good.”
However, both parties appear to have put that episode behind them, with Lennon telling the Daily Record last month that he and Ntcham had discussed it, adding that it was no longer an issue and that the 23-year-old was preparing for the season with the rest of the Celtic squad.
Ntcham provided the assist for Celtic’s fourth goal at Fir Park on Saturday, scored by fellow Frenchman Odsonne Edouard, to go with the goal and assist he recorded in the Hoops’ 7-0 win over St Johnstone the previous week.
For ReadCeltic.com, Ryan Brown commended the midfielder’s performance at Motherwell and gave him a rating of eight, saying: “His range of passing was excellent and found the pocket of space behind the striker really effectively.”
He added that Ntcham provided a “nice assist with the outside of his foot for his fellow countryman and Celtic’s fourth” and hailed it as “the kind of display we should be seeing from the Frenchman.”
Sourav Mahanty of TheCelticBhoys.com also awarded him a rating of eight, saying that the midfielder was “absolutely brilliant throughout the game, he ran the show in the Celtic midfield and made a pretty strong case for a place in the starting XI against Cluj on Tuesday.”
Football Scotland‘s Jules Boyle gave Ntcham a seven rating, writing: “Sublime pass to Edouard for the Hoops’ fourth rounded out an impressive day for the Frenchman who bossed the midfield and displayed one neat pass after another.”
Plenty of Celtic fans on Twitter were full of praise for the 23-year-old’s performance on Saturday, as noted by 67hailhail.com, and having only appeared as a substitute in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier against CFR Cluj last week, Ntcham’s excellent showing at Fir Park could persuade Lennon to play him from the start in tomorrow night’s second leg against the Romanian side.
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