Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has exclusively told Football FanCast that he expects Olivier Ntcham to be moved on this summer.
The French midfielder, whose contract with the Hoops expires this summer, is currently enduring a miserable loan spell with Ligue 1 outfit Marseille following on from his struggles at Celtic earlier this season.
Ntcham has been a regular in the side since arrival from Serie A outfit Genoa almost four years ago, but was restricted to just seven Scottish Premiership starts prior to his loan move back to France, which led to former Bhoys boss Neil Lennon saying he lacked “passion” for the Scottish game.
But just one day after Ntcham signed, Marseille and former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was sacked, meaning the midfielder’s struggles have continued, making just five appearances in all competitions and was hauled off at half-time during their defeat to Nice on Saturday.
Once Ntcham returns from his stint in France, his deal with Celtic will be almost up, meaning he could therefore become a free agent.
And that’s exactly what McAvennie, who wasn’t impressed with his switch to Marseille in the first place, expects to happen at the end of the season.
He told Football FanCast: “It’s a move that I wouldn’t have taken. Before they even got there it caused so much bother with the manager leaving and saying he didn’t want him. I would have walked off the plane and said I’m not going.
“I think the boy is a wonderful talent, I thought he was tailor-made to take Scott Brown’s place, but that’s not to be.
“He has got to come back, but I would imagine Celtic would want to move him on. We don’t know who the manager is. If it’s John Kennedy he will be moved on, if it’s a new manager he might think he’s got something. If it was me I’d keep him, but realistically he’s going to be moved on I would say.”