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How do you solve a problem like Celtic’s?
For the first time in the last ten years, they are in a real fight. The Hoops have grown used to dominating Scottish football, but this season they are not doing everything their way.
At 11 points off pace in the league and outside of Europe, it has been a bitterly frustrating campaign for Neil Lennon and his team.
Likewise, it has fueled a burning concern in the minds of Celtic fans. They marched to Parkhead after the loss to Ross County to protest what was currently happening in Glasgow.
Another poor result against AC Milan could therefore spell the backdrop for Lennon.
Of course, the clash has nothing at stake given that Celtic cannot qualify, but if the coach wants to save his job, a victory will regain a fraction of the confidence.
Should Ntcham start on Thursday?
However, it has to start with someone whom described as “fantastic” if the Bhoys have any chance of snatching all three points – Olivier Ntcham.
French has been linked With an outing in recent months, but he has been their usual battering ram for Celtic, so much so that he represents a terrifying threat to Milan’s defense.
He has not scored in the Europa League this season but his dynamism has been much more effective in that competition.
Ntcham has been playing predominantly at a number 10 position and has looked incredibly lively, acting 2.3 Successful dribble per game. Proving to be a handful for defenders, he has also been fouled 1.3 times a game. It’s amazing to think that it didn’t start in Celtic’s 4-1 loss to Sparta Prague in Glasgow a few weeks ago.
When the Hoops last played in Milan in October, a 3-1 loss, Ntcham was the star of the Bhoys, recording two key passes and completing three dribbles. On top of that, the 24-year-old won six ground duels.
The Italian giants were evidently concerned for the Celtic midfielder, so he simply has to start when they meet this week.
Likewise, if Lennon wants to wait longer, he needs to play his energetic French.
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