Olivier Ntcham

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  1. MickMac

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    And he's not shown up in other games. That's the problem, you don't know what Ntcham you're going to get. He's too unreliable. I don't think that's the case with any other player in the squad.
     
  2. PaulM1888 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Are you in agreement that if Ntcham plays tonight and plays well he’s in contention for Sunday?

    It’s a no brainer, particularly because of potential injury concerns.
     
  3. PaulM1888 Gold Member Gold Member

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    You could easily be talking about Mikey there. The last 2 (phenomenal) cameos seem to have clouded some people to recent history.
     
  4. JC Anton Time for 9 Gold Member

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    If Elyonoussi isn’t fit, then it will probably be..

    Brown McGregor
    Christie Ntcham Forrest
    Édouard
     
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  5. Seán Mac D Gold Member Gold Member

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    Not for a start. I would only be playing him in the central positions but not at the expense of McGregor, Christie or Broony or if it means moving Christie out wide. All 3 are in exceptional form where they're playing.
     
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    Right from the game in Sarajevo when he scored a great goal to get us back in the game MJ has performed well in every game he's played.
     
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  7. Officer Doofy Hey Terry, smell my finger! Gold Member

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    If Mo isn’t fit then MJ 100% has to start against the huns.

    Not a fan of moving players out of position when we have a perfectly capable replacement.
     
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    Keep wanting him to break on to the scene and kill it but he seems to only be able to do it as an impact sub for us now..

    When we're needing an injection of pace and quality...He just isn't producing it against weaker side's that sit back..

    When the game is open and he has a bit if space to get his foot on the ball...He thrives and can make those runs and penetrating passes..

    Sunday he will likely be key off the bench but that really isn't good enough for his talent and what he should be giving us consistently..
     
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  9. Officer Doofy Hey Terry, smell my finger! Gold Member

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    Aye, he's been inconsistent since he signed. His first season was his best one for us, but he was still never reliable. One cracking game, two shiters, then a decent one...rinse and repeat.

    At the moment, he keeps threatening to really establish himself in the team, but just can't back it up. So frustrating because he has all the talent in the world.
     
  10. Seán Mac D Gold Member Gold Member

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    His qualities of coolness and composure are hindrances when starting games like last night when teams sit in and we need to move the ball quickly; but assets coming on to games like Ibrox in September or Lazio at 1-1, when the rest of the team are losing shape and maybe not seeing the bigger picture.

    There's no doubting his talent but he'd be nowhere near my starting XI on Sunday. If we're trying to see the game out or the game is scrappy and we need something different then he will come on.
     
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  11. McGuire Gold Member Gold Member

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    I keep wanting him to kick on but he just can't or won't do it..

    I don't know if he goes the extra mile when coming on against the huns or Lazio away but it feels like it. Last minute little * winner's in the Olimpico will certainly do us no harm when getting a good fee in January I suppose....if he goes. Which I think is a good possibility in that window..
     
  12. McGuire Gold Member Gold Member

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    Completely agree mate :50:
     
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    WHEN Neil Lennon was told of Olivier Ntcham’s ill-judged comments in the French press about wanting to leave Celtic in the summer, you would have got long odds on the midfielder ever pulling on the hoops again, never mind the armband.

    Tonight, here in Romania though, he will do just that, completing a remarkable turnaround in terms of his attitude and in his place in his manager’s favours since returning to the club.

    Ntcham’s footballing ability cannot be questioned, and while getting regular game-time has been difficult for him so far this term, he proved his worth to the squad and then some with his dazzling and decisive cameo against Lazio in Rome last month

    It is perhaps fitting then that the 23-year-old will be the team’s leader as they round off that successful Europa League campaign, and Lennon has no doubts whatsoever that he is the right man for the job.


    Olivier Ntcham will be captain,” said Lennon. “I’m really pleased with his attitude and the way he’s training.


    “He was unfortunate not to get game time on Sunday and I’m delighted with what he’s doing around the place. I want him to take that responsibility [on Thursday] night so he will be captain.

    “He said some things [in the summer] that he probably meant at the time but maybe some of it was taken out of context. We had a chat about it at the start of the season and he parked it and since then he has been absolutely terrific, so I have no qualms about making him captain.

    “It’s nice to give someone different that responsibility and we’ll see if he can thrive on it.


    I think he has the personality and he certainly has the respect of his team-mates to do that.”

    Ntcham’s opportunity to lead the team of course comes from Lennon taking advantage of Celtic’s early qualification for the last 32 of the competition in order to rest some weary legs. Club captain Scott Brown didn’t travel with the squad, and neither did Fraser Forster, Callum McGregor, Tom Rogic, Ryan Christie nor Odsonne Edouard.
     
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    N'tcham for skipper? :56:
     
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    Looks like it.
     
  16. tarboltontim We have nothing to lose but our chains. Gold Member

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    Really happy he has knuckled down and the comments in the summer haven't let him out in the cold.
     
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    Surprised with the Armband , though Biton would've been the obvious choice but were naw about the players every day
     
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    We're not around them every day but we watch them every game, and most of us know n'tcham cant be trusted to put in 100% never mind lead the team. Very odd decision, should be bitton, depending on who else starts.
     
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    Think the armbands a sort of thank you for knuckling down. Is he the best candidate? Maybe not but he probably gets a lot of respect from the players due to being a quality player and a cool as * character :giggle1:
     
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    Makes sense, if we sell him in January we can demand more as he's our captain...