Alan Hutton claimed that Celtic manager Neil Lennon will have a word with Olivier Ntcham following his actions in the 1-1 draw with Hibernian.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international admitted that he thought Ntcham was lucky to stay on the pitch after he raised his hands at Hibs midfielder Josh Vela.
The 23-year-old Celtic midfielder was accused by Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom as deserving three red cards after throwing three punches following Saturday’s match.
Hutton revealed he didn’t think Ntcham would be in massive trouble with Lennon following the incident but that he will be told that he can’t react like that during the heat of the moment.
“You need to be careful with what you do nowadays and you can’t get involved in those situations if you raise your hands to anyone, you’re normally going to see red, so I think he was very lucky to stay on the pitch,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“With situations like that, it’s the heat of the moment, I think a word with him will be sufficient as you can’t do things like that, you have to be careful.
“I don’t think he will be in massive trouble for it but I think his manager will speak to him to say you can’t do stuff like that.
“But he’ll know himself that was a heat of the moment situation and he’ll know that he did wrong and that he was lucky.”
Ntcham ended up not playing the full 90minutes against Hibs with Lennon opting to replace him with Vakoun Issouf Bayo in the 72nd minute of the match.
The Celtic central midfielder has regularly featured this season and has racked up three assists as well as one goal in the 13 appearances he has made so far.