Chris Sutton believes Olivier Ntcham will leave Celtic after David Turnbull's arrival

By David Walton

September 2, 2020

Chris Sutton has stated his belief that Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham will leave the club before the end of the transfer window.

Ntcham has started the Bhoys’ last three matches, but his agent reportedly asked the club for his valuation last week (Glasgow Times).

Meanwhile, the Hoops completed the signing of David Turnbull from Motherwell in a deal reported to be worth £3m (Daily Record). The Scotland under-21 international plays in Ntcham’s position, and will provide solid competition this season.

Olivier Ntcham in action for Celtic / (Photo by Ricardo Nogueira/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

However, with an extended transfer window that will only come to a close on October 5 (BBC), Sutton believes Ntcham will be sold on before the window slams shut.

Speaking on the Record’s Celtic podcast, Sutton said: “Does it mean that it’s the end for Olivier Ntcham? I think it does. It looks like Turnbull’s come in, Ntcham will possibly be the one who is sold and let go.

“I know Ntcham’s come in for a bit of criticism at the start of the season. I don’t think Neil Lennon necessarily helped by speaking about players wanting away and supporters assuming that Ntcham is one of those players.

“But I think Ntcham is a really good footballer.”

Ntcham won’t be sold because of Turnbull’s arrival

It’s too simplistic to say that Ntcham will be out the door just because we signed Turnbull.

After all, we were close to signing Turnbull last season and would’ve done had he not failed his medical. Did that mean we were looking to shift Ntcham on last season?

Lennon is clearly a fan of the Frenchman. Why look to sell talented players as opposed to simply waiting for offers? Nobody needs to be sacrificed just because we’ve spent a few million on another addition.

Olivier Ntcham celebrates in Rome (Photo by Tullio Puglia – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

If Celtic pressed ahead with the squad they currently have, we would have real strength in depth across the midfield. Scott Brown and Callum McGregor remain the first choice centre-mids, whilst Turnbull and Ntcham add real quality in cover.

There’s no need to go looking to reduce the quality we have in the engine room. It’s not as if Celtic are a club in desperate need of money.

Ntcham will only leave if a club comes in with the correct valuation for him. Turnbull’s arrival certainly shouldn’t spark a rush to actively try and sell him. And it likely won’t do.

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