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In his day, Olivier Ntcham is a player with a lot of energy. He is a boundless midfielder capable of intimidating opponents and sidelining them with enormous power.
However, he can also be indifferent and careless. There are two sides to every player, but at Ntcham, it has become a major concern.
The Frenchman has been a valuable asset for Celtic, scoring 24 goals in 147 games for the Hoops, but this season it’s been a total loss.
That’s not just for Neil Lennon’s team, but for Ntcham himself, someone who has left an isolated and frustrated figure.
He has started only seven Premiership games and is being linked with a move in on a regular basis. One suitor is West Brom in England, and if they are really interested Peter Lawwell needs to sanction their sale.
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The fact is, it should have left the Celtic chief in a rage. His attitude has been far from desirable this term and for a fee of £ 4.5 million, it is not up to its billing.
After signing for Manchester City, he should have been prepared for a bright future, but that is diminishing the more he feels on the sidelines.
It’s not often that I agree with a talkSPORT review, but Alan Brasil nailed the Frenchman last year. “Ntcham, it seems that he has no tools and does not bother him,” he commented (via Glasgow Times).
That’s just not good enough for a player of his quality and considering his salary of £ 14k per weekmoving it is the best. Now they took him off the team completely and against the Rangers, they didn’t even take him off the bench.
It has reached a point where Ntcham doesn’t seem to want to play for the club. Similarly, Lennon doesn’t want to use it.
In a Celtic squad that is 19 points behind first place, that says a lot. This is the worst group of players we’ve seen at Parkhead in a decade and the 24-year-old can’t even get into XI.
This will be an unpleasant way to end your period in Glasgow if you really do leave, but you must do so before you upset the hierarchy further.
And in other news, Forget Laxalt: Celtic must dive for 21 years causing defenders to do “very silly things” …