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Sheer folly if Celtic summer arrival once again misses out on start v Rangers

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers must learn his lesson and play Hoops midfielder Olivier Ntcham from the start against Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

The 22-year-old summer arrival from Manchester City was deservedly named man of the match in the Hoops’ 3-2 win at Ibrox last month, where he helped a ten men Hoops side control the midfield.

You might think that after that performance there is no way that the Frenchman would be left out of the team, but he was dropped to the bench for the Old Firm derby in December, in a game which saw the Hoops concede the midfield battle for large stages of the game.

There is always the chance that the Hoops boss might involve Tom Rogic or Stuart Armstrong in midfield, but that could disrupt the Scott Brown-Ntcham partnership, which has been at the heart of many of the Hoops’ good performances this season.

It would be a dreadful mistake by Rodgers if he dropped Ntcham to the bench after his dominant performance at Ibrox only a month ago, but as Ntcham hasn’t been a regular starter since then – he didn’t play from the start in the recent goalless draw with Dundee for example – there is always the chance it could happen.

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Getting the team selection right will play a big part in ensuring that the Hoops reach the cup final, and Ntcham has to start.

In other Celtic news, Moussa Dembele is set to start the semi-final

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