The Olivier Ntcham saga has finally come to a close, and Celtic fans have been quick to react on social media.
The Frenchman has been the pantomime villain this summer with his comments to L’Equipe. We all know what they were by now, and we all know that they were highly disrespectful to Celtic and Scottish football.
Neil Lennon seemed to deal with the matter internally after the midfielder returned to training on Monday, however. The Celtic manager claimed that it’s all been resolved and that Ntcham was disappointed with how his words came out (Celtic TV).
Sections of the Celtic support have been reacting on Twitter to the climax too. Here’s a look at what they’ve been saying:
Ntcham ? Lenny's played a blinder, to diffuse the situation. If he's not sold, Ntcham will quietly slip out the door, on loan for a year.
— Celtic Symphony (@DM8883) July 17, 2019
— Cal (@CMcCeltic) July 16, 2019
Sounds like Ntcham has the chance to redeem himself, fully expect him to leave next year but now he needs to put the work in and have the season of his career to earn a move.
— Jamie (@Jamie67_) July 16, 2019
Honestly think Lennon has been handling the media brilliantly of late. Totally defused the Ntcham situation here, putting up a strong front on the Tierney situation….been a class act, this summer certainly 🍀 https://t.co/ugRwaUqJzt
— Fitzy 🍀 (@Fitzy_07) July 17, 2019
Brown has to be in middle of the park and Ntcham shouldn’t wear a Celtic top again.
— brian mccann 1888 (@briancfc1967) July 16, 2019
I'd play Ntcham tomorrow and hope he does well so we can sell the boy.
He clearly doesn't want to be here.
— G (@GJS2010) July 16, 2019
If Ntcham's head isn't in the game he has to be moved on and quickly. Celtic don't need another fiasco like they did during the qualifiers last season. If they get a reasonable offer, take it and get someone else in who's commited for the season coming up.
— GerryBhoy (@retrobotik) July 16, 2019
Best way for Ntcham to get his move? Start playing decent Football
— Celtic Da (@Just4laffs123) July 16, 2019
Loss of form and choosing not to play well when selected for whatever reason are two different things. I see a quality player in Ntcham and will find out through qualifiers and early season what one it is
— Vinny (@19vinny85) July 16, 2019
Ntcham saga is over…..or is it?
So on an official scale, the Ntcham issue has been dealt with. Lenny has had it out with him and they’ve clearly come to an understanding. The Frenchman is back in training and will be working on his fitness in order to get back as soon as possible.
But the saga does indeed roll over to how the fans now react to Ntcham. Whether Lennon and Ntcham have sorted things out or not, he still disrespected the club. Supporters aren’t likely to just let that slide, and the midfielder is now under more pressure than ever to perform.
And he’s under pressure for more than one reason too. If he wants to get his move to a bigger league one day, moaning about how good he is compared to Scotland isn’t going to do much for him. He needs to start showing it for Celtic on a weekly basis to keep potential suitors interested.
Ntcham is a quality player on his day, and it’s important not to forget that. His technique is incredible, and when he’s in full flow he’s an absolute joy to watch. It’s time for him to show it and to stop mouthing off in the media about how much he needs a move.
The truth is, just like many before him, Ntcham will get his move when he’s earned it. At the moment, he’s a long way from doing that, and the reaction of some supporters on social media proves he has some winning over to do.