Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham is expected to leave Parkhead this summer.
That’s according to a report by Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness), who claimed that the 25-year-old is attracting interest from two unnamed Ligue 1 clubs, as well as AEK Athens, in the summer transfer window despite the midfielder’s disappointing campaign while on loan at Marseille last term.
The report added that Ange Postecoglou’s side are looking to offload the former French under-21 international this summer, as he has just one year remaining on his contract at Parkhead.
Having joined Celtic from Manchester City in a £4.5m move back in the summer of 2017, it would seem a fair assessment to make that the Frenchman has not quite lived up to expectations during his time in Glasgow so far.
Despite having scored 24 goals and registered 13 assists over his 147 appearances in all competitions for the Bhoys, the midfielder’s performances in recent years have not exactly been breathtaking, with the 25-year-old failing to kick on and fulfil the potential he once seemed to possess.
Indeed, prior to being loaned out to Marseille last season, Ntcham featured 14 times for Celtic in the Premiership, with only seven of these appearances coming as starts, over which the midfielder averaged 0.3 interceptions and 0.2 tackles and won just 1.6 duels per game.
The Frenchman did not offer much in the way of attacking contributions for the Hoops either, scoring one goal, registering one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates, as well as making 0.6 key passes per league fixture.
These metrics saw Ntcham earn a disappointing average SofaScore match rating of 6.71, ranking him as Celtic’s eighth-worst performer in the Scottish top flight, form which continued after his move to Ligue 1.
While at Marseille, the midfielder averaged 0.5 interceptions and 0.3 tackles and won 0.8 duels over his four league appearances for Jorge Sampaoli’s side, contributing nothing in the way of goals and assists. These returns culminated in a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.53, ranking him as OM’s fourth-worst performer in Ligue 1, with the French media dubbing Ntcham’s performances for the club as “unacceptable.”
As such, should Postecoglou receive any sort of offer for the £14,000-per-week man this summer, it would appear highly advisable for the 55-year-old Celtic manager to do all he can to rid himself of the midfielder, whowould certainly not appear to be the least bit interested in helping the Hoops reclaim their Scottish crown next season judging by his slack performances in recent months.