"Fancy pulling the finger out?"; Celtic fans unimpressed with latest Olivier Ntcham snub

By David Walton

March 14, 2021

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.

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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.

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham on loan at Marseille / (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

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:

In other news, Brendan Rodgers has discussed Celtic-linked Sidnei Tavares, and has provided an ominous warning.


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