Celtic

Disinterested Ntcham only looks up for the big games

That was a hard match to fathom, St. Mirren played some good Football in the first half then with a man up in the second half they parked the bus for the last 45 to hold on for dear life.

We will need to play better than that vs Rosenborg on Thursday night or we will be in some trouble, at the heart of the trouble was the first half red card for a second bookable offence by Olivier Ntcham.

It will be interesting to see if f Ntcham plays against the Norwegians, he always seems to rise to the big occasions but looks disinterested in the bread and butter games where Leagues are won and lost.

You can’t pick and choose the games you will be in form at Celtic, there must be a level of consistency week in week out and it will be interesting to see if Brendan castigates him and gives someone else a run.

We drew far too many games last year and kept opening the door for our title challengers, this is a habit that we are going to have to overcome or we will be punished come the end of the year.

The competition looks to be far from the 2 horse race the media would like it to be.

Hearts have the opportunity to put us 5 points adrift when they play Motherwell and out of our fixtures in September, this was by far and away our easiest.

With games still to come away on that awful plastic pitch vs Killie, a home match to Aberdeen and another banana skin away to St. Johnstone we cannot afford to be complacent.

I thought Dallas was dreadful and the only call the linesman got correct for the entire game was Griffiths being offside at the death, that said, there can be no complaints about either of Ntcham’s yellow cards, he could have had a couple more in fairness.

Ill discipline isn’t something we are used to seeing, maybe it is time to give Mulumbu his chance.

They say a week is a long time in Football, the next one is going to drag for Oli.

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