"Always an asset"; Celtic exile Olivier Ntcham speaks after move

By Euan Davidson

February 5, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham has made an inauspicious start to life at Marseille.

Upon his arrival, his manager quit. L’OM fans found quotes about Ntcham’s love of PSG, and were very angry. At the first opportunity to play, he didn’t even make the bench for his new side. Marseille drew 2-2 in that game, and sit 9th. All in all, not the best.

Still, the former Celtic midfielder Ntcham is nothing if not confident. Beyond Twitter, we hadn’t heard much from him after leaving the Bhoys. Now, however, he’s given his first interview to French media.

Speaking to Marseille’s official club website, Ntcham was bullish about his prospects.

He said:

“Olympique de Marseille is the biggest club in France, with the greatest fervor and the greatest supporters.

“They have accomplished great things in French and European football too.

“It’s the first time I’ve come to Ligue 1, it’s a new experience.

“[Ligue 1 is]  a very big championship with very great teams who have had good runs in the Champions League and the Europa League. It’s a new challenge for me.”

Former Celtic man Olivier Ntcham. Nice soap bag, to be fair / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Former Celtic man Olivier Ntcham boasts of dressing room “positivity”

The former Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham went on to describe his experience at club level. Additionally, in comments that may interest Hoops fans, he would describe himself as a positive force in the dressing room.

This despite Neil Lennon hinting Ntcham’s lack of interest in playing for his former side. Being disinterested and a bubbly personality simultaneously is a hard trick to pull off. We can only speculate on what he was actually like for the Bhoys, however.

He continued:

“Having a player like me who has played a lot in the Champions League or the Europa League, I think that’s always an asset.

“I’m going to bring my personality already (in the locker room). Energize it, bring a lot of positivity, I hope we will do great things together.”

Interesting stuff from the Frenchman. He’s clearly going above and beyond to assure supporters of his commitment to his new club. Despite being a PSG fan, it’ll be of no interest to Ntcham to fail at their biggest rivals.

More Ntcham content? Here’s a guest article by Ryan Brown.