If you thought Olivier Ntcham had a future at Celtic then you are likely very much mistaken.
His season, very much like Celtic’s, has been utterly dreadful. The Frenchman has been tossed aside and is now on loan in his native country where he’s playing for Marseille.
The Hoops are now 18 points behind Rangers in the SPFL and if anything summed up their considerable slump, it would be Ntcham’s form.
Neil Lennon stopped picking him and you can hardly blame him based on his performances and attitude.
Ntcham started just seven games in the league for the Hoops this term, scoring a solitary goal in the process. For a player blessed with the ability to spring from box to box, his performances were lethargic and in January, they’d understandably had enough.
Newcastle were interested in his services but he ultimately went to Marseille.
Speaking about his displays in a Hoops shirt earlier this term, Alan Brazil told talkSPORT listeners: “Ntcham, he looks as if he’s tools down and not bothered.”
He was given a chance of turning around his season in France but it’s gone from bad to worse. Former Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas resigned after the club signed Ntcham because he didn’t agree with the move.
Since signing, the central midfielder has been poor for the Ligue 1 side and his most recent game epitomises that. Ntcham was withdrawn at half-time in Marseille’s 2-0 defeat to Lille and was left to feel the wrath of French newspaper L’Equipe at full-time.
The outlet are known for being ruthless with their player ratings and dished out a 3/10 to the 25-year-old. It’s not hard to see why either; he completed just eight passes and won only 25% of his defensive duels.
Ntcham failed to make a single tackle while he offered very little in attack either. The Marseille enforcer didn’t manage to provide a key pass or shot on goal.
It was another rather forgettable night to add to a depressing campaign for the Celtic midfielder. Lennon is very quickly being proven right in his desire to move the £4.5m midfielder on.
His form hasn’t improved in France and with that in mind, they have to wield the axe on his Parkhead career once and for all in the summer.