Olivier Ntcham’s goals seem to still revolve around Celtic despite his summer comments.
The Frenchman told L’Equipe in the summer that he would be interested in a move to Marseille. However, after appearing to smooth things over with Neil Lennon, Ntcham is now a hero in Glasgow once again.
His winner in Lazio has been by far his most high-profile moment of the season so far. Yet, for the player himself, he wants to be known for so much more than just that goal. With only eight starts from 27 fixtures to his name this season, there’s still more to come from the former Manchester City man (Transfermarkt).
As he spoke to the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 20, Page 8), Ntcham touched on wanting to do more in the future.
“The team deserved to win the game and we were grateful to get that win (in Lazio).
“I want to do so much more. I’m happy for that moment but I always want to do more, so I’m not thinking too much about it. The goal was a good thing for me and for Celtic but there’s more to come.
“You need to concentrate on your goals. If you think it’s easy you miss things and make silly mistakes. You have to be focused and keep working so that’s what I’m trying to do now to make sure I can play more. I want to play as much as possible.”
Comments suggest that there are no eyes on a January exit
Given the severity of Ntcham’s comments, it was difficult not to think that there was a chance of him leaving in January. Even though Lenny has said in the past that everything is effectively water under the bridge, concerns will still have lingered for some (Daily Record).
But Ntcham’s comments here don’t hint at any form of a January move. He doesn’t seem demotivated at Parkhead, and he also seems to only have eyes for breaking back into the first-team.
Celtic fans should be delighted to read these words from the Frenchman. His only goal seems to be more game-time. Given how valuable a player he can still be to us, these are positive signs.
Ntcham has still made 19 appearances in total for us this season. However, with just four goals and three assists to his name, he’ll be doing all he can to improve on those stats.
It’s just great as supporters to see him back enjoying his football again. All of the nonsense of the summer hasn’t even been mentioned by him. If he hadn’t said what he did, there wouldn’t even be any questions over his happiness. At the end of the game against Lazio, for example, he didn’t look like a player who wanted to leave the club.
Whether a move comes for him in the summer remains to be seen. But at the moment, Ntcham looks like a player who’s now fully settled at Parkhead and ready to make his mark ahead of the Christmas period. For Lenny, that’s tremendous news.