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2nd Apr, 2018 | 1:38pm

Rodgers should rest key Celtic player until Old Firm semi-final showdown

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Celtic made a few changes for their match against Ross County on Saturday, one being the absence of Olivier Ntcham, who was left on the bench for the game.

It was the sort of match that the 22-year-old would have strolled through, but the Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers decided to rest the player after he player for the French under-21 side in midweek.

With two more league matches on the horizon, the Hoops boss should also rest Ntcham for those games to ensure that he is ready and raring to go for the Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final on the 14th of April.

To be honest, the Hoops don’t need Ntcham in their team to defeat Dundee and Hamilton in the week ahead. They will be committed to all out attack in those games against teams struggling at the wrong end of the table, and the match is more suited to the likes of Stuart Armstrong.

However, the Old Firm clash, which more often than not is a brutal midfield battle, suits Ntcham’s game down to the ground.

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He was deservedly named man of the match for his dominant display in the recent 3-2 win at Ibrox, and helped to turn the match in December in the Hoops’ favour when they were in danger of being overrun.

In only his first season at the club, Ntcham has firmly established himself as an Old Firm specialist, and for that reason alone he should be rested until he comes face to face with the Gers once more.

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