3 best, 3 worst: Celtic players after 0-1 Anderlecht defeat

Celtic Anderlecht BestWorst

Celtic confirmed their progression to the Europa League despite losing at home to Anderlecht. But who were their best performers? And their worst?

Celtic's French midfielder Olivier Ntcham (L) runs away from Anderlecht's Belgian midfielder Pieter Gerkens during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Celtic and...

Best: Olivier Ntcham

It can't be easy to come on a sub in a big Champions League game, not that you'd know from Olivier Ntcham's performance against Anderlecht. The 21 year-old Frenchman made light work of Anderlecht's midfield and was one of the few Celtic players who seemed to realise he was playing at home.

Ntcham had 3 shots, created 2 chances, completed 2 dribbles and won 100% of his tackles. He was superb and at the heart of all Celtic's good play in the second half.


Worst: Scott Sinclair

Goodness gracious, what happened here? Sinclair was a crucial figure in getting Celtic to the group stages, scoring 5 times in 6 qualification games. But in the group proper he's been found wanting and tonight in particular he killed countless attacks with his poor decision-making (he completed just 9/14 passes). Was so bad he got subbed at half-time.

Scott Sinclair of Celtic is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on December 2, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Best: Kieran Tierney

You can always rely on Kieran Tierney for a quality Celtic display. And against Anderlecht he didn't let you down. The fleet-footed left-back was often Celtic's only true attacking outlet of the match. He completed a whopping 95% of his passes (misplacing just two long balls) and created 2 chances from Celtic.

Worst: Stuart Armstrong

Obviously when you're partnering Scott Brown you may feel that there's not too much onus on your to defender, but Stuart Armstrong was like a ghost for Celtic in the first half of the game. Utterly inconsequential, he completed 78% of his passes and won 0/3 tackles. Unsurprisingly was pulled at half-time.

Craig Gordon of Celtic saves during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and RSC Anderlecht at Celtic Park on December 5, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Best: Craig Gordon

The Scotland international was in fine form against Anderlecht, and given how poorly his team-mates played he pretty much had to be that good, otherwise Celtic would have bee on the end of a hiding. His save from Sven Kums in the second minute was incredible and prevented the Glaswegians from falling behind early. Had the Belgians gone ahead that early then surely they would have gotten the 3 goals they needed.

Jozo Simunovic of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic FC at Parc des Princes on November 22, 2017 in Paris, France.

Worst: Jozo Simunovic

Simunovic got little protection from the midfield in front of him, but his performance was nevertheless diabolical. The Bosnian defender struggled all night long for Celtic. Despite playing centre-back he won 0 tackles, 0 aerial duels and made just 5 clearances.

Simunovic was thoroughly ineffective, which was particularly apparent when he was standing so far off Pieter Gerkens that the Belgian got a largely free header at goal; a free-header which deflected off Simunovic's shoulder and into the back of the net.

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