French sports newspaper L’Equipe has reported today that Olivier Ntcham is likely on his way back to Celtic this summer (02/04 print edition, page 3).

Ntcham joined French giants Marseille during the last transfer window in controversial circumstances. It was his signing which prompted the exit of Andres Villas-Boas following a now-infamous press conference.

L’Equipe say Ntcham has struggled to impress new manager Jorge Sampaoli too.

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Ntcham has definitely struggled in his homeland since making the loan switch from Celtic. He’s made just four appearances and was hauled off at half-time in his last two matches [WhoScored].

The French club hold an option to buy the Celtic midfielder, but the outlet reckons the most likely scenario is that he returns to Glasgow this summer.


His future at the Hoops is on just as shaky ground.

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Ntcham has made it quite clear he doesn’t have a future in Glasgow and with just over a year left on his contract, the next transfer window is the one to sell him in.

What kind of fee we’d now get is unclear. Ntcham was once tipped to be one of our blockbuster sales, but faltering form at Celtic and now this uninspired loan spell in Ligue 1 has cast serious doubt on that.

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The best Olivier Ntcham moment at Celtic / (Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images)

The Herald have previously reported the option Marseille had on the midfielder stood at £4.5m, so I wouldn’t expect the Bhoys to get a penny more than that for the former French youth international.

Unless he is reborn under a new Celtic manager, the former Man City man is set for a pretty unsatisfying exit eventually.

In other news, a report reckons Eddie Howe would be happy working with John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan.

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