There looks to be a reasonable chance Olivier Ntcham leaves Celtic before the end of the January transfer window.

Sky Sports reported yesterday that he’d made it clear he wants to leave the Bhoys.

Newcastle and West Brom are keen on his signature, having made loan enquiries this month.

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Today, Sky journalist Anthony Joseph has followed that up with a report of more interest in the midfielder from French sides Marseille and Lyon.

Ntcham favours a switch to his homeland.

Celtic won’t miss Olivier Ntcham

Ntcham, at one point, promised to be the next great player to pass through the modern Celtic recruitment system. In flashes, he’s demonstrated he has exceptional talent.

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However, he’s simply lacked the consistency to be considered a valuable asset up there in the Virgil van Dijk, Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney mould. He’s never looked interested enough to be that calibre of player.

Put simply, he’s another at Celtic who has badly let fans down over the last 12 months. He’s emblematic of the player regression and indifference that has taken hold in the Celtic dressing room.

Celtic Olivier Ntcham

Olivier Ntcham against St Johnstone / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Yes, the buck for this stops with Neil Lennon and the decision-makers above the manager. However, from the outside, it feels like Ntcham gave up on Celtic long ago.

Perhaps another manager would have managed to get more out of him. Perhaps he’ll go on to shine in Ligue 1 or another big European league.


The fact is that this Ntcham, the one that arrives at Lennoxtown to train every day, hasn’t been good enough and we won’t miss his presence in the squad.

Fans have lost their patience with him. It says it all that the supporter reaction to his exit reports have been welcomed with open arms…

In other news, Neil Lennon has worryingly been discussing a summer Celtic rebuild.

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