Jackie McNamara claims that Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham is handing manager Neil Lennon a headache with his good performances.
The former Celtic and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Hoops boss is going to have a difficult time picking who to start in the centre of the park.
Lennon started Callum McGregor, Scott Brown and Ntcham against Rennes on Thursday night, with the likes of Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie also vying for a place in the starting XI.
Having seen the Frenchman line up in the attacking midfield role in Thursday’s 3-1 win, McNamara says that he is causing his manager a headache that he will actually appreciate.
McNamara told Football Insider: “Ntcham started through the middle on Thursday, in that advanced role, but he’s got Christie who can also play that role and so can Rogic, who was on the bench.
“His squad’s very strong. (Ntcham) was good, he had a good 90 minutes, looked a decent option for man of the match. He’s a great option and it’s a good headache for Lennon to have now.”
Ntcham has played 21 times for the Hoops this season but only nine of those games have come among the starting XI, Lennon tending to start Brown, McGregor and Christie in the middle of the park.
The Frenchman has a total of 106 appearances under his belt since arriving in Glasgow, scoring 19 goals and chipping in with a further 11 assists.