Celtic fans react to Olivier Ntcham comments

By David Walton

June 17, 2019

Celtic fans have been reacting to midfielder Olivier Ntcham’s comments about a potential departure.

The Frenchman spoke to the media yesterday and admitted leaving Celtic is “possible”. The Scottish Sun also claims that the likes of Porto, Lyon, and Marseille are all tracking the out-of-favour Celt.

Olivier Ntcham hasn’t been a Celtic regular this season (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Ntcham struggled to make any form of impact last season. His goal against Rangers back in September will be his highlight, but outside of that, Ntcham failed to make any notable contribution as he was in and out of the team.

And supporters have been giving their reaction to Ntcham’s latest comments on social media. Here’s a look at what some of the support had to say:

https://twitter.com/SeanHego_/status/1140334251788984320

https://twitter.com/Celt_Bhoy1888/status/1140295791350882304

Heart doesn’t seem in it anymore

It’s difficult to really say what’s happened to Ntcham over the last 12 months. He’s just lost his form, albeit several months of his campaign was struck with injury.

Supporters have questioned his attitude in the past, and that may be a fair assessment too. After all, we haven’t really seen the best of the Frenchman since Moussa Dembele left. He may have started 2018/19 well, but he failed to show any consistency throughout the campaign.

Ntcham started the season well, but couldn’t keep it going (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

At grounds such as Ibrox and Easter Road in particular, Ntcham has allowed himself to be bullied this season. He hasn’t been able to dictate games with his incredible footwork or impressive range of passing that he evidently contains. That’s a problem for Celtic, and Neil Lennon must decide whether he can get that out of the big man or not.

Another interesting dilemma is whether David Turnbull would be an upgrade on Ntcham or not. After all, Ntcham is a regular at France under-21 level, and has both Champions League experience and has won two trebles. Would swapping him for an inexperienced young talent like Turnbull really be a step-up for the club?

Is Ntcham really a downgrade on David Turnbull? (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Of course, Turnbull’s signing you would hope would be a long-term investment. A player who would hopefully tie himself to the club for the foreseeable future. Then again, he hasn’t given us that impression if the first round of talks have been anything to go by.

Ntcham’s future may very well even hinge on the Turnbull deal too. At the moment, it’s not looking great for the Frenchman at Parkhead. Supporters appear split on it too, so whatever happens here, we certainly won’t all be happy.