Neil Lennon has praised Olivier Ntcham after the French midfielder captained Celtic in their final Group E fixture away to CFR Cluj last night. Whilst debutant Scott Robertson produced some impressive stats.
Ntcham, 23, wore the captain’s armband as the Scottish Champions lost 2-0 in Translyvania to the Romanian side and his manager sang his praised, despite the defeat.
“I thought Ntcham was unbelievable.
“To give him the captaincy and then for him to take on the responsibility the way he did was excellent.
“I thought his all-round game tonight was absolutely top class.”
It was Ntcham’s goal that sealed Celtic’s qualification into the Last 32, which will be drawn in Nyon on Monday, after his late chip in Rome sealed a 2-1 victory over Lazio.
The midfielder has struggled to break into the Celtic midfield this season due to the form of Scott Brown, Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor; however, the manager entrusted the Frenchman to lead the team out in their final group match leading a predominately fringe team onto the pitch for what was essentially a dead rubber match.
Scott Sinclair, Leigh Griffiths and Craig Gordon were amongst those forgotten faces that were called upon for the match tonight while Olivier Ntcham played in the deeper role, impressing beside the youngster Scott Robertson.
The 18-year-old made his Celtic debut and was thoroughly impressive considering that this was against a Cluj side that were in need of a result in order to seal their place in the next phase of the Europa League.
Here are some stats that one user on Instagram has compiled detailing Robertson’s impressive start to his Celtic career…
There is a big future ahead for the youngster and if he maintains performances like this when called upon, he could give the manager a serious headache when picking his team in the coming years.