AFTER his poor performance against Hibs and even Anderlecht before he made a killer pass – Olivier Ntcham has come in for some hefty criticism by some quarters of the Celtic support.
The 21-year-old started life off at Celtic with a bang but the last two games have the eternal moaners howling.
After the Hibs draw two weeks ago, Brendan Rodgers came out in defence of his player – the Irishman suggesting people be patient with the Frenchman’s raw talent as he looks to improve his game under Rodgers.
Ntcham is in the French Under 21s and plays a significant role for his country. There’s a reason he is so highly regarded and why it cost Celtic a huge chunk of change to get him to Celtic Park.
With every young player, they’re going to have their bad games. But the Anderlecht game should be proof to anyone that even when he’s having a nightmare his ability isn’t far away. The player carving out a killer pass to Tierney who in-turn delivered a tap-in for Leigh Griffiths. That goal sent Celtic on their way to a famous away Champions League win and Olivier played his part.
Scott Brown was out injured for the Hibs game and Ntcham looked genuinely lost, especially in the second half against an aggressive and impressive John McGinn but it doesn’t make him a bad player. He will learn from the game, the manager will make sure of it.
While we’ve seen flashes of Olivier’s ability, we haven’t seen him in full flight yet – he’s just getting started.