Celtic paid £4 million for Olivier Ntcham in the summer (Scottish Sun) in the hope that the former Manchester City wonderkid could help take the Scottish champions to the next level in Europe.
Ntcham’s latest below-par performance in Wednesday’s 3-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, however, shows that the 21-year-old has a long way to go before he can justify becoming Celtic’s most expensive signing since Scott Brown arrived from Hibernian a decade ago.
Dissatisfied Celtic fans took to social media in their droves to question Ntcham’s performance at the Allianz Arena, one going as far as to call the Frenchman a ‘coward’ while countless other supporters have begun to question just what exactly the midfielder brings to the table.
German publication Bild, meanwhile, appear equally unconvinced about Celtic’s marquee summer signing. The paper gives players a rating of one in the case of sublime individual performances while those who pick up a dreaded six, the worst the publication has to offer, should have a long hard look in the mirror.
Guess which number Bild gave Ntcham? According to the paper, the Celtic midfielder was the worst player on the pitch on Wednesday.
Two defeats out of three to Bayern and PSG will not have come as much of a shock with the powerhouses of German and French football expected to dominate a group also containing an Anderlecht side who look increasingly out of their depth.
It’s the manner of Celtic’s losses, however, by an aggregate score of 8-0, that has fans concerned.