Celtic's Olivier Ntcham leaves Marseille fans unimpressed; receives a brutal rating

By David Walton

March 9, 2021

Things just keep going from bad to worse for Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham after he was hammered by the Marseille supporters.

Ntcham is back in France for the rest of the season on a loan-deal with an option-to-buy. However, with a managerial change and a dismal first month back home, Olivier looks likely to come back in the summer.

Former manager Andre Villas-Boas reportedly resigned due to a disagreement over the Ntcham deal. And things just haven’t gotten any better for the Frenchman after being subbed at half-time in his only two starts for the club.

As you would expect, his start hasn’t gone down well with Marseille supporters either. Ntcham had some work to win them over after they were enraged over a previous clip of him outlining his love for PSG. And after another dismal display against fourth-tier Canet Roussillon, top fansite Football club de Marseille tore into him.

“Olivier Ntcham: 2/10.

“Villas-Boas may have been right! It may become a habit: half time and then it’s over for Ntcham! Question of level or rather physical? Either way, the Portuguese manager may not have been wrong when he said he didn’t want this player in his squad.

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“Before Lille, he spoke on the microphone of Canal +, saying that it was a good thing for the team that he could be on the ground… Maybe for the opposing team, yes.”

The right move at the wrong time for Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham; Marseille are a mess

Whilst this move ticked so many boxes, it’s clear it came at the wrong time. Ntcham should be starring in France with Marseille given his level of technical ability. But the Ligue 1 club is in an absolute mess at the moment.

Back in January, between 150-200 supporters tried to break into the training centre. This was in protest regarding certain club officials and led to their Ligue 1 clash with Rennes being postponed [The Guardian].

The club sits eighth in the league table, but are only six points off 15th. Marseille are far too close to the foot of the standings for their liking, and supporters have been left furious with their performances this season.

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham on loan at Marseille / (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)

Ntcham didn’t exactly waltz into a stable environment full of players buzzing with confidence. Perhaps that’s why Marseille made the move for him in the first place. A signing made in desperation to try and defuse the situation with their supporters. To try and attempt to bring some positivity back to the club.

Unfortunately, it’s backfired on them spectacularly if that’s the case. Marseille only have 11 games between now and the end of their campaign. Even a handful of successful performances in those will unlikely lead to them splashing out on Olivier. With a new managerial regime in place, they’ll have their own ideas.

And as he continues to struggle back home, it would be interesting to find out what’s going through his own mind regarding what the long-term holds.

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