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  • Ntcham hoping to be among the goals against Partick Thistle

    Ntcham hoping to be among the goals against Partick Thistle

    By: Mark Henderson on 20 Dec, 2017 13:40

  • TONIGHT’S Glasgow derby with Partick Thistle will be Celtic’s sixth match of a frenetic festive period of fixtures, with three more matches still to contest in December before the short winter shutdown.

    The six-in-a-row champions have met all of their main objectives in an action-packed opening half of the season – retaining the League Cup, securing a place in the Europa League last 32 and leading the title race – and Olivier Ntcham and his team-mates will welcome the opportunity to recharge their batteries in early January.  

    “I am very pleased and it’s very good for the club as we still have a lot of targets to achieve,” Ntcham told the official match programme, “but in any walk of life, there are the parts when you have to work and then you have to rest – you can’t work all the time. It will be very nice to have the break.” 

    Celtic will, of course, be looking to get back to winning ways tonight following Sunday’s defeat at Tynecastle, and Ntcham, who was the match-winner when the Hoops faced Partick Thistle earlier in the season, will be delighted if that proves to be the case again tonight.

    The French midfielder currently has five goals to his name as a Celtic player, and it was at Firhill back in August that he opened his account with a powerful volley from the edge of the area.

    “It was a corner and a Partick defender headed the ball out and I hit first time,” he recalled. “It was a good sensation to score my first goal and it was an important one as we won the game 1-0.

    “It makes a difference to get that first goal as if you play maybe 12 matches and you don’t score one goal, then people may start to ask questions of why you bought this player, as he hasn’t even scored one goal, so your first one is always special.

    “It was a tough game and a good game but this time it might be a bit different as we are playing at home.”

    Read the full and exclusive interview with Olivier Ntcham ONLY in the officla match programme. On sale at the game tonight.

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