Former Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham joins Swansea City

By Euan Davidson

September 1, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham, released from his contract this summer, has joined Championship side Swansea City.

The Swans, who spent a substantial time in the Premier League, added the free agent to their squad this morning.

An announcement was made on Twitter, with Ntcham signing a three-year deal with the Welsh club.

Initially a star man for Celtic, Ntcham’s fortunes faded despite some memorable moments. Goals in Scottish Cup finals, winners against Rangers and putting Lazio to the sword live long in the memory.

However, the French midfielder was often a tricky tactical fit at Celtic Park. Neil Lennon sent him out to Marseille, with relatively disastrous consequences.

The ex-Manchester City prospect only played six times for the storied French side [Transfermarkt].

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From a Ligue 1 giant to the EFL Championship, it’s been quite the year for Ntcham. Current sporting director at Swansea City, Mark Allen, was at Manchester City when Ntcham came to Eastlands in 2012 [SCFC].

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Under the auspices of former Rangers defender Russell Martin, Ntcham has another chance to rejuvenate his career.

For so long, he looked like he could be a vital creative force in midfield. His technical abilities, even now, are under no real doubt.

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However, Ntcham could go missing in key games, and often struggled to make an imprint on Celtic matches. His numbers, all told, aren’t too bad, having scored 24 and setting up 13 in 147 Hoops outings [Transfermarkt]. However, from an assists point of view, more was expected from the dynamic midfielder.

At a reputable Championship club, the 25-year-old still has time on his side. But when Celtic turned down a £13.5m bid for the midfielder from Porto in 2018 [Scotsman], they wouldn’t have envisioned this, three years later.

C’est la vie.

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