Former Celtic forward Chris Sutton has backed his former teammate Neil Lennon for his stance on wantaway midfielder Olivier Ntcham.
The Frenchman caused a stir recently after making some controversial comments to French outlet L’Equipe.
Ntcham said a number of things, most notably that it was “the best solution” for him to leave Celtic this summer.
Lennon responded by saying that the club would be speaking to the midfielder about his comments. And now Sutton has waded into the debate by backing Lennon and calling out Ntcham for his antics.
The Englishman took to his favourite platform Twitter to post the following message:
Neil Lennon quite right to call out Olivier Ntcham… for a league Ntcham found as “not challenging enough” last season he was bang average. Ntcham would be better served to let his football do the talking… he is not a £15 million player based on what we saw last season… https://t.co/x3k830WFWU
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) July 9, 2019
Sutton is spot on about Ntcham
Sutton’s comments on Ntcham are bang on the money. How can the Frenchman seriously criticise the standard of the Scottish game when he has flopped miserably over the past 12 months?
The 23-year-old is clearly immensely talented and would probably be the best player in the country if his attitude even half matched his ability.
But the truth of it is that Ntcham will never be a success at Celtic. He’s far too inconsistent at domestic level to be a considered one of our best players, and for that reason alone he should be moved on.
Many players have used Celtic as a stepping stone to greater things in recent years. They just haven’t downed tools because they feel they’re too good for the league. Virgil Van Dijk and Moussa Dembele both handled themselves well during their stays at the club and have since got their reward.
Ntcham could be every bit as good as them, but his attitude just isn’t there. Sutton is right – he hasn’t justified a £15million price tag lately.