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23rd Apr, 2018 | 1:24pm

Celtic 22-year-old risks missing out on becoming Hoops great over absent element of his game

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Celtic’s big summer signing of last season, the £4.5million purchase from Manchester City Olivier Ntcham, has generally had a decent first year with the Hoops, but there is a danger that inconsistent performances could stop him fulfilling his true potential with the Bhoys.

A case in point is his last performances for the Bhoys. Just over week ago he was dynamic against Rangers; he bossed the midfield and scored the Hoops’ fourth goal from the penalty spot in a 4-0 triumph.

Fast forward to the recent Hoops 2-1 loss against Hibernian, and it was a completely different story. The 22-year-old wasn’t given a minute to settle in the midfield, and was eventually taken off at half-time after a dismal 45 minutes.

It is obvious that Brendan Rodgers is a fan of the Frenchman, otherwise he would not have spent so much money on the player, but it is also obvious that the boss has some doubts about the player, with consistency absent from his game.

He has made 44 appearances for the Hoops this season, but in three of those he has been substituted at half-time following dreadful performances, which is a bit of a worry when you are talking about a player you hope will be the future of the Hoops midfield.

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Time is still on Ntcham’s side, and hopefully for the Bhoys he will go on to become a truly great player, but every time a poor performance raises its head the doubts will start to increase.

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