Polish Report: Former Celtic man Olivier Ntcham could join Legia Warsaw

By David Walton

August 24, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham could be about to find his new club in Legia Warsaw, according to Polish outlet Interia Sport.

Ntcham’s Parkhead contract expired earlier this summer, with the Frenchman not selected to be part of Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic revolution.

The report states that Legia could move for free agent Ntcham, who’s yet to find a club despite leaving the Hoops 23 days ago.

Despite summer speculation linking him with the likes of AEK Athens and Blackburn Rovers, the offers clearly haven’t come flooding in. Ntcham continues to be a free agent, with many clubs having completed their pre-season plans.

However, it could be that Ntcham joins Ekstraklasa outfit Legia. If he does, he’ll be teaming up with ex-Celtic man Artur Boruc, who continues to be the club’s number one at 41 years of age.

Olivier Ntcham clearly not a hot commodity after Celtic exit

Celtic fans know all about what Olivier Ntcham can produce on his day. It was the main reason some were keen for him to stay. The opportunity of seeing him thrive under Postecoglou would’ve been intriguing to watch.

Ange’s late Celtic transfer intentions are extremely encouraging

Ange’s late Celtic transfer intentions are extremely encouraging
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It was never really revealed as to why Celtic allowed the player to depart. Many will assume it was an attitude issue. Perhaps Postecoglou simply didn’t think Ntcham fitted well enough into his system.

The high-tensity, energy-sapping way the new manager wants his Celtic teams to play isn’t for the faint-hearted. Ntcham has never been one to play at a quick tempo. You could easily see him slowing the game down too often in our current system.

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But you can see now why Celtic struggled to offload him in the summer. There doesn’t appear to be many buyers swooping in. Not to mention the fact he can be bagged for fee now yet he’s still a free agent.

A move to Legia isn’t what Ntcham would’ve imagined for himself 18 months or so ago. It isn’t a move to one of Europe’s top leagues, and certainly not one of their top clubs. It’s a downward step from where he was at with Celtic. But when you haven’t made an impact in football for over a year, your stock drops.

Regardless of whether he signs for Legia or not, that’s exactly what’s happened to Olivier.

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