Olivier Ntcham provided Celtic fans with 45 minutes of hope last night against Anderlecht.
The midfielder has very much been hit or miss since Celtic paid Manchester City £4.5m for his services but last night was very much a hit.
Ntcham replaced Stuart Armstrong at half time and all of a sudden there was some purpose, drive and shape about the hoops.
Was baffled he started. Ntcham played well on Saturday and done more in 10 mins last night than Armstrong has done most of the season.
— Craig McPhail (@Cmc1888) December 6, 2017
Hard to be too critical as the gap is now huge but feel we have regressed. It was a summer wasted courting Paddy. Moussa and Armstrong were brutal last night. Ntcham was class and one of the positives to take away at least.
— Simon Ingram (@Simon_Ingram79) December 6, 2017
One positive from last night. Ntcham looked like the player we all hope he will become.
Without Scott Brown our midfield are out of their depth at this level so its good to see Ollie perform like that.
We also really need to find a way to rest KT in the coming weeks.
— Eddie Toner (@eddie_toner) December 6, 2017
You call it as you see it. Ntcham made a big difference when he came on therefore he is now due a place in the side in merit.
— St.Anthony (@Stephen4_2) December 6, 2017
Ntcham is the daddy
— A. Throckmorton (@AThrockmorton1) December 6, 2017
Ntcham needs to get a run in the team in front of Armstrong, he looked class tonight
— Hanny Diggins (@DannyBhoy97) December 6, 2017
The Champions League is an unforgiving arena, any weaknesses are exposed but it is the only place that the Celtic players can expect to learn and develop.
There’s been a few lessons for Ntcham over the last few months with some brutal verdicts delivered after the away matches against Paris Saint Germain.
Last night he looked like a player on top of his game. Alongside Scott Brown there is a very strong base to build around with the 21-year-old showing that he will only get better.