Celtic exile Olivier Ntcham finds unlikely ally in England hero

By Euan Davidson

February 3, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham hasn’t had the best week, it’s fair to say.

The Frenchman finally got his move out of Scotland, where he’s failed to settle. Despite 4 years with the Bhoys, he just couldn’t adapt to life in Scotland and wanted to test himself elsewhere. Hard to argue with that, really.

But instead of a glitzy European move, he’s been a factor in a manager getting the boot [Sky Sports]. Meanwhile, supporters of his new club, Marseille, are rioting in response to a dismal season by the club’s standards. If it sounds eerily familiar, that’s because it is.

However, the Lazio-slayer has found an unlikely ally through all this; Liverpool and England legend Michael Owen.

Football’s most charismatic man Owen tweeted his disapproval of outgoing Marseille coach Andrés Villas-Boas, while offering his support to Ntcham.

Former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Man United man Michael Owen / (Photo by Phil Cole /Allsport)

Former Celtic man Olivier Ntcham garnering wrong headlines

Ntcham might’ve been a disappointment in the latter stages of his time at Celtic. Still, it’s hard not to feel incredibly sorry for him, given the circumstances.

Clearly, he and Neil Lennon weren’t a particularly great match. With Scott Brown and Callum McGregor nailing down the central midfield positions, and Ntcham failing to impress as a 10, his opportunities were limited. Even his best moments under Lennon generally came as a substitute.

So, no harm to him, but Celtic will survive. All the same, you wouldn’t wish this situation on anyone. Starting a new job is hard enough, but imagine having to process your new boss leaving as a result of our arrival. Thank goodness there are Ballon D’Or winners willing to fight your corner.

As yet, we’re still to hear what Ronaldo, Pavel Nedved, Andriy Shevchenko, Ronaldinho, Fabio Cannavaro, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi make of Ntcham’s Marseille situation.

Owen’s right: AVB has embarrassed himself with his actions, but you still feel he’ll land somewhere with a gigantic budget soon enough.