Celtic midfielder on brink of permanent exit; set to earn £16.5k-a-week plus bonuses

By John McGinley

June 11, 2021

AEK Athens are ready to invest in the future of Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham, Greek outlet Sportime have reported tonight.

They say that the Greek club has agreed ‘almost everything’ with the Frenchman and are convinced he can come up with the goods despite a difficult time at Celtic and Marseille.

Owner and oil tycoon Dimitris Melissanidis has signed off on a significant wage investment.

The website reports that he has been offered a €1m-a-year base salary, which works out at around £16,500-a-week. Other bonuses will also be available.

It’s unclear whether the Bhoys will receive a fee or any kind of deal for the player or if he is moving on a free transfer. Celtic are reported to hold an exit option ahead of the final year of his contract.

It looks increasingly likely that Ntcham has left Glasgow on a permanent basis after saying goodbye to the club in January.

Olivier Ntcham never fulfilled his potential at Celtic

He was one highly regarded amongst the support but dwindling form and attitude have ensured he’s now a less popular figure.

Under Brendan Rodgers he initially impressed, though consistency has never been his strong suit. The disastrous loan in Ligue 1 was proof enough for me his problems weren’t wholly of Celtic’s making.

Olivier Ntcham celebrates his famous Celtic goal in Italy / (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ntcham’s greatest moment came in Rome against Lazio when his last-gasp winner sent away supporters into Europa League raptures. That will never be forgotten regardless of how it’s all turned out.

Still, he never quite lived up to his full potential at Celtic and there will be a tinge of regret on all sides.

Ange Postecoglou will hopefully utilise his spare wages wisely.

In other news, David Turnbull is clearly going nowhere despite Celtic exit speculation.