"Fancy pulling the finger out?"; Celtic fans unimpressed with latest Olivier Ntcham snub
It appears that the Celtic fans weren’t overly-pleased with Olivier Ntcham after his latest snub at loan club Marseille.
As we all know by now, it’s been a torrid first couple of months for Ntcham back in his homeland. The midfielder has still to play over 45 minutes in a single game for his new club.
Things hit rock-bottom last week when the Celtic man started in a French Cup match against fourth-tier Canet Roussilon. Ntcham would end up being hooked at half-time and his side would ultimately crash out of the competition with a 2-1 defeat.
The Frenchman was then ineligible to face Rennes in Sampaoli’s first game in charge. And, ominously, he was left on the bench yesterday for the full 90 minutes as Sampaoli made it two wins out of two against Brest.
Ntcham was available for selection last night. However, he ended up being one of only four unused substitutes.
Celtic fans not pleased with Olivier Ntcham form; new manager may not favour him either
It’s a bad sign when the new manager fails to give you a single minute of action. Especially when you’re only on loan until the end of the season.
If Ntcham was a Marseille player for a further year, he could’ve put all of his focus into ending the season productively before shining in pre-season. He doesn’t have that luxury. For a player who seemingly doesn’t want to stay at Celtic, you would’ve thought he would’ve been making more of an impact in one of Europe’s top five leagues,
We keep going on about it, but Ntcham is running out of time to impress. Marseille only have nine games between now and the end of the season. To put that into perspective, Ntcham has been with the Ligue 1 side for 11 matches already.
We need to accept that this is a player we’re going to have back in the summer. Some may feel that’s a good thing given his quality when he’s on his game. But considering he doesn’t want to stay in Glasgow any longer, this could be more disruptive than anything.
Trying to find Ntcham another big move after his dismal loan spell in France will be difficult. But it’s the task we look like having, as nine games simply isn’t enough for Ntcham and Sampaoli to build any real relationship.
And the Celtic supporters clearly aren’t too impressed with how the Frenchman has performed during his loan spell. We took a look on Twitter to see what fans were saying about him, and it’s not a pretty read. Granted, he still had the odd admirer:
I’m sorry but Ntcham’s just not good
— Scott🏴 (@ScottBrowne67) March 13, 2021
Hey @OlivierNtcham fancy pulling the finger out for a change. We really don’t fancy having to pay your wage next year!
— Scott Chalmers (@ascotinlondon) March 13, 2021
Of he wants to leave Celtic, he will nd to do more to prove himself…needed for both parties so we max fee and he gets the move he wants…at this rate he will be back with us..not bad as can b gd but if no interest then just a wasted wage
— Paul (@Paulmctumshie) March 13, 2021
Waste a talent. Waste a jersey. https://t.co/5ieArm0f01
— Spats Crawford (@RobertoCraw) March 13, 2021
He’s actually a really good player whenever he wants to be, his attitude let’s him down unfortunately
— Barry (@BarryA93) March 13, 2021
Might be the best thing that could happen to him make him realise he has to work harder and do more on the park as at the moment he’s not the player he thinks he is .
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— mark kelman (@KelmanMark) March 13, 2021
That’ll do his want away, too good for Celtic ego a fair bit of damage we hope
— Éire Go Brách CSC (@EireGoBrachCSC) March 13, 2021
Seems like he’s been scapegoat for a lot of other failings when he’s no even getting a chance. Dont see why our fans love seeing our own players fail.
— SpringboardEBT☘ (@Glasgow_celtic7) March 13, 2021
What shambolic loan move
— MN7 🍀 // 🏆🏆🏆 x4 (@mn7cfc) March 13, 2021
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