Tony Haggerty has offered his thoughts on what Celtic should do with Olivier Ntcham this summer…
Celtic reporter Tony Haggerty has suggested that the club should part ways with Olivier Ntcham this summer as his career is in “freefall”. He has said that the midfielder needs a fresh challenge and should try to find a new club where he can settle and start playing football again.
“I feel sorry for Ntcham in the sense that his career has gone into freefall and sometimes, you can’t stop the spiral and it might better for Ntcham to go elsewhere, just get his head right and play somewhere else, a fresh challenge.
“Maybe if Ange can work his managerial magic and get a tune out of him, then Celtic might see the best of him again, but I’m of the opinion that it’s better for both parties if they part ways.”
Celtic must ruthlessly axe Ntcham this summer and move him on because it appears to be the best option for everyone involved.
As Haggerty says, the Frenchman is stuck in a spiral and there is seemingly no way for him to get out of it in Scotland, which means that he needs to move on to a different club to get his career back on track.
He still has plenty of years left of his career at the age of 25, but he should be in the prime of his career and, instead, he’s stuck at a crossroads.
The ex-Man City prospect struggled during his loan spell in Ligue 1, playing four times for Marseille, including two starts. He averaged a dismal WhoScored rating of 6.13, suggesting that he was not able to showcase his quality at that level.
Perhaps he was unable to fully focus as it was only a short-term loan to get him out of the Scottish Premiership and a permanent deal could allow him to get his head down and work hard to improve.
Celtic must axe him this summer and find a new home for the midfielder, so he can get on his with his career and Ange Postecoglou can rake in some money that could allow him to develop other areas of his squad.
Back in 2019, Ntcham openly admitted that playing in Scotland was stunting his progress and that he wanted to leave the club. He said:
“Celtic has given me a lot but leaving is the best solution for my development. We can do as many matches as we want but, with all due respect for my opponents, if the level in front is not high, you do not progress,” the Frenchman said back in 2019.
This shows that the £14k-per-week beast is not overly interested in playing for Celtic and is more concerned about his personal growth.
Whilst that is completely understandable, the Hoops cannot afford to have players who are not committed to the cause and that is why he should be sold.