Few would argue that Olivier Ntcham hasn't been arguably Celtic's best player in recent weeks.
The French midfielder has received rave reviews for his performances as of late, but Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Kilmarnock was a backwards step.
The Celtic midfielder saw plenty of the ball but never really asserted himself in an attacking sense, which has not been the Ntcham that the Hoops fans have praised since the turn of the year.
There were plenty of other culprits for Celtic's shock defeat at Killie, but fans of the Parkhead club have acknowledged that the former Manchester City ace - a £4.5 million summer signing - didn't do enough.
I think Olivier Ntcham was out on the lash last night— Gal (@ryanigallagher1) February 3, 2018
Ntcham is feast or famine, either outstanding or a man short.— Shaysda (@shaysda) February 3, 2018
Hes young and will improve
100% I wouldn’t have changed a thing , Jozo apart .— Derek (@TheBhoyMoz) February 3, 2018
Tbf Killie would’ve made it hard regardless and it might not have made much difference. Look how Ntcham struggled today .
He just couldn’t seem to get to grips with the pitch at all
100%. Ntcham has been our best player in the last couple of months but absolutely woeful today. Kouassi has a lot of potential but hasn't played 2 good games in a row. Lack of service to the front players was the problem today— DeathofAttila (@ABurningPride) February 3, 2018
I thought Ntcham was really good against hibs and hearts. Poor today. Kouassi booking restricted him and he was frustrated with the holding and pushing without protection.— Rab (@bhoab) February 3, 2018
There’s no tactics..up front was abysmal. Dembele was absolutely rank fucking rotten. Sinclair was worse. Jamsie was a second half player..Ntcham was absoluetly pish. Defence was fair after injuries. BIG improvements needed. Again!— Celtic (@Con_Shaunnery) February 3, 2018
I like ntcham as well but he had an absolute holocaust today— Kenneth Fitzpatrick (@fitzybhoy79) February 3, 2018
Worst I've seen Ntcham in a while, was like he had none awareness today but he wasn't the only one— Paddy (@RogicEsque) February 3, 2018
Consistency is what has really held Ntcham back in his first season in Scotland.
He has had brilliant spells in the past but failed to kick on from them, and Celtic fans will be hoping that the defeat at Kilmarnock isn't a symptom of the same decline that Ntcham has suffered with before this season.
The 21-year-old is obviously a big talent and there's plenty of class there, but Brendan Rodgers's task is to get the best out of him every single week.
A cycle of three great performances and one bad one isn't good enough at Celtic.