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Celtic: Fans left baffled by Neil Lennon’s comments on Olivier Ntcham

Celtic: Fans left baffled by Neil Lennon's comments on Olivier Ntcham - SPFL News

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham captained the club for the first time in last night’s 0-2 defeat to CFR Cluj in the Europa League.

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The 23-year-old was given the armband in place of the suspended Scott Brown as Hoops manager Neil Lennon took the liberty of making nine changes to his team after they had already ensured they would top their group.

As tweeted by @CelticFC, Lennon was full of praise for his stand-in skipper afterwards, lauding his overall performance as “absolutely top class” and commending his leadership skills.

Statistically, Ntcham was one of the Hoops’ more distinguished players in last night’s loss in Romania. He had the most shots of anyone on his team (three), played the most passes (87) and had more successful dribbles (four) than any of his team-mates, as well as winning one tackle and making one interception. [via WhoScored]

His performance was also praised by some reporters, with the Daily Record‘s Gordon Parks saying that he “appeared to relish wearing the captain’s armband and was full of creative invention all game”, while Ryan Brown of Read Celtic wrote that he “played slightly deeper than usual but led the team well”.

However, these Celtic fans on Twitter clearly disagreed with Lennon’s comments on the midfielder, who lost possession 23 times last night according to SofaScore:

Do you think Lennon was right about Ntcham or did you feel that the stand-in skipper had a poor night against Cluj? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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