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27th May, 2018 | 4:07pm

5/10 former lynchpin struggles to recapture past glories: Celtic 2017/18 midfield rated


Celtic’s midfield is by far the most important area of the side, as it makes the team tick and has provided a platform which has lead to back to back domestic trebles.

The sheer number of players in the midfield is incredible, and Brendan Rodgers has done well in keeping most, if not all of them happy,

Of course some players have had to leave on loan, and time will tell if they have any future with the Hoops.

The midfield does run the team though, and certain individuals have managed to better their performances from last season’s ‘invincible’ side.

Others sadly failed to live up to the hype, and they could be on their way out of Glasgow.

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Next season the midfield will as usual be the key part of the Hoops side, and if the Bhoys want to make progress in Europe, it will have to function better than ever.

Here, Football Insider rates the Hoops midfield in 2017/18:

Nir Bitton – 5/10: An unfortunate season for the Israeli midfielder, was forced to cover at centre-back due to injury issues, then picked up a season ending injury. He did not let anyone down though.

Patrick Roberts – 4/10: A hamstring injury prevented his season from getting going, as he found it difficult to return to the form of last season, The form of James Forrest didn’t help either, as he was mostly on the bench, and it is no surprise he has returned to Manchester City.

Scott Brown – 10/10: Probably the best season of long and illustrious career. The man who makes the Hoops tick dominated the league, and was deservedly named as player of the year. His legend grows by the year and he will be a huge player for the Hoops again next season.

Scott Sinclair – 6/10: A very strange season. He finished top scorer with 18 goals, but was dropped for much of the second-half of the season. It will be very interesting to see how he is used next season, as he will have to fight his way back into the first-team.

Stuart Armstrong – 5/10: The former lynchpin of the side has struggled to recapture his past glories of the ‘invincibles’ season. Has played plenty of games but his lack of goals for the season – only five – says it all. Wouldn’t be a shock if he left the club in the summer.

Jonny Hayes – 5/10: Hard to judge really, as he suffered an end of season leg break just as he was getting into his groove in the first-team. Next season will be the real test for him, but he seems like a useful player to have in the squad.

Tom Rogic – 8/10: The mercurial genius had another fine season, scoring four goals against Rangers, and topping it off with signing a new long-term contract, in news which thrilled fans. Probably the most gifted footballer in Scotland, just a shame that he is always subbed.

Olivier Ntcham – 8/10: An excellent first season with the Hoops for the Frenchman. He grew into his game as the season went on, and his partnership with Scott Brown was key to the Hoops’ success. He will only get better and better as he matures in the game.

Callum McGregor – 9/10: The big game specialist was at it again, with goals against Zenit, Rangers, and in the Scottish Cup Final. He is probably in the best form of his career, which is some going when you consider that he often plays out of position.

James Forrest – 9/10: An amazing season for the winger, scored 17 goals and would have been player of the year if not for a dip in form. Has come on leaps and bounds in the last few seasons and has now firmly established himself as one of the most important players for the Bhoys.

Ewan Henderson – n/a: Made his first-team debut at the end of the season, the brother of former Bhoy Liam Henderson is highly-rated and will be involved more next season.

Charly Musonda – 3/10: Oh dear. Came to the Hoops with a big reputation from Chelsea, but hardly featured despite some nice touches. His loan deal was then cut short and his time with the Bhoys will have to go down as a major disappointment.

Mikey Johnston – 4/10: Featured a fair bit at the start of the season before suffering an injury. The winger has a bright future at the Hoops though and is highly-thought of at the club.

Eboue Kouassi – 4/10: A very odd season for the player that the Hoops spent £3million on. Rarely featured then was brilliant in the home win over Zenit in the Europa League. He was then subbed at half-time of the second leg and wasn’t seen again all season. Very mysterious.

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