Celtic fans not impressed with the latest Olivier Ntcham rumour

By David Walton

May 23, 2021

The Celtic fans have been left struggling to come to terms with the latest rumour surrounding Olivier Ntcham.

Football Insider yesterday reported that the Frenchman had been released from Celtic with his contract terminated. This was said to be due to the idea that the final year in his contract is optional. Unsurprisingly, then, Celtic are said to have decided against taking that opportunity.

The news then gathered pace last night. Journalist Pete O’Rourke tweeted the same story last night. He claimed that both the player and Celtic have agreed to cut ties after four years contracted to the club.

The first murmurs of Ntcham wanting out at Celtic came back in the summer of 2019. He told French outlet L’Equipe that he would “blossom” if he moved to Marseille at that point in time.

He would power on as a bit-part player in the 2019/20 campaign. However, this season, the same problems have arisen. Former boss Neil Lennon stated earlier this year that he was again keen for a fresh challenge [Glasgow Live]. Ntcham would earn a loan move to Marseille, with Celtic likely hoping it would’ve driven up his value.

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The Celtic fans have always seen something in Olivier Ntcham

But the past four months have been a nasty period for the Frenchman. Back in his homeland, he’s suffered a managerial change after he arrived and would barely be given an opportunity. He’s only started three games for the club and was due to return to Celtic after today’s final round of Ligue 1 fixtures.

With Ntcham failing to perform this season and large spells of last term, who’s honestly going to buy him? Especially at a few million. You’ll do well to find a club willing to take that kind of risk.

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham on loan at Marseille / (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Remember, Celtic would have to splash out and commit to an extra year’s wages. We would be left paying Ntcham if we couldn’t get him off the wage bill permanently. You can understand why the Hoops wouldn’t go ahead with this.

Of course, if you’re angry because we could’ve sold him for eight figures a couple of years ago, that’s a different argument. However, considering we were gearing up for an assault on nine and 10-in-a-row, you could understand wanting to keep all of our best players. Two years ago, Ntcham fit into that bracket.

Even so, it’s not a rumour fans are happy with, with many believing it to be a mistake:

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https://twitter.com/snib67/status/1396171840171692033

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In other news, the big Richard Hughes question Celtic must answer should he be appointed.


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