Michael Stewart critical of Celtic duo Sinclair and Ntcham

(L-R Back Row) Celtic's Scottish goalkeeper Craig Gordon, Celtic's Croatian-born Bosnian defender Jozo Simunovic, Celtic's French midfielder Olivier Ntcham, Celtic's Scottish defender...

Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic lost to Rangers at Ibrox at the weekend.

James Tavernier of Rangers challenges Scott Sinclair of Celtic for the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018...

Michael Stewart has criticised Celtic duo Scott Sinclair and Olivier Ntcham in The Scottish Sun for their performances against Rangers at Ibrox at the weekend.

Winger Sinclair, 29, started the Old Firm derby for Celtic against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon and played for the entire 90 minutes.

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Midfielder Ntcham, 22, also started the Scottish Premiership match for the Hoops and played for the entire 90 minutes, as Brendan Rodgers’s team lost 1-0.

 

Former Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian midfielder Stewart, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport, was not impressed with the performances of Sinclair and Ntcham for Celtic against Rangers.

Stewart wrote in The Scottish Sun: “With Odsonne Edouard not fully fit, Mikey Johnston was played up top and he showed flashes. I would certainly have kept Johnston on ahead of Scott Sinclair, who was AWFUL.”

“People will also point the finger and say Scott Brown had a terrible game, and he did,” added Stewart. “You don’t often see him giving away five-yard passes and putting the ball straight out of the park.

“But I tell you what? I’d have rather had his performance than Olivier Ntcham. Was he playing? Where was he?”

Scott Sinclair of Celtic reacts during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Disappointing displays

Ntcham is a very good and influential young midfielder, but against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday, the 22-year-old Frenchman failed to make an impact and was largely anonymous in the second half.

Sinclair seemed to have recovered his old great form of late, but the former Aston Villa and Manchester City winger struggled to trouble the Rangers defence, although he did work hard and showed intent.

22nd December 2018, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Celtic versus Dundee; Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers with Olivier Ntcham of Celtic at the end of the...

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