It would be fair to say that Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham’s loan deal to Marseille has not gone as he would have envisaged.
The Frenchman joined the Ligue 1 outfit in January to the exasperation of former head coach Andre Villas-Boas, whilst he has only made five appearances for the club since.
As a matter of fact, he has not played longer than 45 minutes in any of his appearances for his adoptive employers.
Amidst suggestions that his spell in Marseille is not going to be extended beyond the end of the campaign, Football Insider now indicate that Ntcham no longer wants to be a Celtic player.
Certainly it’s now time for the Hoops to cash in on the three-time Scottish Premiership winner.
After arriving from Manchester City in 2017, the 25-year-old has made 147 appearances for the Hoops, scoring 24 goals. He had previously drawn praise from the likes of former Celtic manager, Neil Lennon who labelled the French midfielder as “fantastic”.
However, his contributions have dried up completely in recent seasons, missing 34 league games alone in each of the last three campaigns due to a combination of injuries, poor form and managers’ preference for others. In that time, Ntcham has contributed just eight goals.
Now rated at £3.15m by Transfermarkt, his value is only going to decrease after his disastrous spell with Marseille and a potential lack of football back with Celtic.
Before any more depreciation occurs, it would surely be a smart move from the Glasgow club to cut their losses on Ntcham and sell him.
After all, the Hoops are not going to feel any benefit of keeping him at Parkhead should he not wish to represent Celtic any more.
It would be a sad end to Ntcham’s stint with the club – and certainly not one that either he or the Hoops hierarchy will have envisaged.