Olivier Ntcham says his goodbyes to Celtic on Instagram

By David Walton

August 1, 2021

Olivier Ntcham has today said his goodbyes to Celtic on social media as he seemingly prepares to leave the club.

There have been no reports of a bid being accepted for the Frenchman. However, there has been consistent interest from Greek outfit AEK Athens throughout the summer [Daily Record].

Ntcham has yet to play a single minute for Celtic in competitive action this season. He missed out on several matchday squads against Midtjylland (x2) and Hearts respectively.

And it appears as though the Frenchman is officially set to leave the club in the near future. This afternoon, he’s published the following message on his Instagram page:

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Ntcham has been with Celtic since the summer of 2017 after arriving under Brendan Rodgers. Throughout his time in Scotland, he’s accumulated 147 appearances and eight trophies [Transfermarkt].

Pending Olivier Ntcham Celtic doesn’t come as a surprise

There’s really no surprise here whatsoever. Whether Ntcham goes to Athens or elsewhere, fans will hardly be taken aback. Not considering he didn’t even make our UEFA Champions League squad for Midtjylland.

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Ntcham also published an image on his Instagram story of him watching Marseille in action last night [Instagram]. This came during Celtic’s opening-day defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle.

Of course, it remains to be seen where heads off to. There’s been no sign of a club coming in and taking him in recent days. A sidestep move to AEK Athens, however, would hardly be a shock.

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For Celtic, it will again reduce their options in the central midfield position. Ismaila Soro and Callum McGregor aside, we’re lacking in depth when it comes to central midfield options.

Time will tell whether Ntcham’s departure will lead to Celtic entering the market again.

For now, however, we’ll wish Olivier all the best wherever he ends up.

In other news, Michael Stewart addresses controversially disallowed Celtic goal at Tynecastle