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Monday Round-Up: Brown Is Vital For Celtic - Ntcham

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Scott Brown is ‘vital’ for Celtic according to Olivier Ntcham
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THE BIG STORY: Scott Brown is set to return to the Celtic side for Wednesday’s game against Bayern Munich, and Saturday’s matchwinner Olivier Ntcham has said that he will be ‘very important’ for our chances to get a result in the game, and interestingly enough he also said that the team ‘doesn’t feel the same’ when the Celtic captain doesn’t play.

Ntcham is right that Celtic’s performances seem to drop a level at times when we don’t have Brown to drive us on, and he’s bound to be a key man in the upcoming games against Bayern, Hibs and Aberdeen. Let’s hope that he doesn’t suffer any further injury issues this week.

OTHER NEWS: Talking of the Bayern game, yesterday we wrote about Celtic’s battles against the German side back in 2003, and you can read that here.

Olivier Ntcham, as well as talking about Brown, discussed the prospect of facing his French under 21s team-mate Kingsley Coman, he rates him highly, whilst Bayern midfielder Thiago has said that they won’t ‘underestimate’ Celtic, as he was part of the Barcelona team who Celtic defeated in 2012.

Lisbon Lion Jim Craig has said that Scotland should drop Andy Robertson and play Kieran Tierney at left-back. I completely agree with him, KT is a better player and should be in his natural position and not switched to right-back.

ON THIS DAY: In 2004, Juninho scored his first Celtic goal and Stephen Pressley miss a penalty - for Hearts - as Celtic defeated the Edinburgh side 3-0 at Celtic Park. The other Celtic goalscorers were Henri Camara and John Hartson.

In 1999 Celtic defeated Aberdeen 7-0 at Celtic Park, in what was Henrik Larsson’s last full game before the suffered a broken leg against Lyon. Larsson and Mark Viduka both helped themselves to hat-tricks and the other goal was scored by Eyal Berkovic.