Celtic's Ntcham credits former coach for helping him adapt to playing so much

Olivier Ntcham of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ntcham will make his 47th Celtic appearance on Saturday; far more than the 23 games he managed in the three campaigns before his summer move.

Olivier Ntcham of Celtic vies with Jason Holt of Rangers during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic signed Olivier Ntcham for £4.5million last summer and, without mincing words, the 22-year-old midfielder has been worth every penny.

The France youth international left Serie A side Genoa for Parkhead after his two-year loan deal from Manchester City ended and, while he has been an inspired signing for Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers, he initially struggled with the demands of playing three times a week upon his arrival.

Ntcham was not a guaranteed starter at Genoa, so he hardly played every week, and had to seek the help of his former youth coach Reda Bekhti, who flew in every month, when he arrived in Scotland.

The extra training helped the Celtic addition get in good shape and the decision definitely paid off.

Olivier Ntcham of Genoa celebrates after scoring gol 1-1 during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Bologna FC at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on February 26, 2017 in Genoa, Italy.

“I’m training more now because I have a second coach from Paris. Reda comes over to help me and that has helped me adapt to the Scottish game," the French starlet told the Scottish Sun.

“He works on my positioning and my use of the ball in games, as well as my game understanding.

“I’m a lot different as a player from when first I came here. I was fit, but not like today. If you want to perform you have to play a lot of games.”

Ntcham has been instrumental to Celtic's Scottish Premiership and League Cup triumphs this season, and he will be looking to help them complete a domestic treble when they face Motherwell on Saturday in the Scottish Cup final.

Olivier Ntcham of Celtic is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown Training Centre on April 27, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The midfield powerhouse has scored eight goals across all competitions, including the winners against Dundee and Partick Thistle, and he has a very bright future ahead of him.

Ntcham will likely be moving on in few years, and he has the potential to make a huge profit for Celtic when he does.

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