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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has yet to speak to Olivier Ntcham since his comments made to French media but the duo are set to meet on Monday, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
Ntcham gave an interview to L’Equipe last weekend, criticising the standard of opposition in Scottish football, revealing he would have rather joined Porto last summer than play for Celtic and wants to test himself in a stronger league.
Lennon has now revealed the Frenchman is due back to the club’s training ground on Monday and can expect to face the music.
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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Celtic manager said:
“I don’t know if it has been prompted from him or someone else. We’ll get to the bottom of it when he comes in. Olivier is due back in on Monday. I haven’t spoken to him yet.
“I don’t need to speak to him, he has to come and see me, his team-mates and the club.
“It’s a question of sitting down and having it out with him. Finding out where that came from and what his mindset is. It’s new to me.
“For him to go public about it without speaking to the club first, and for him to go public anyway, is wrong.
“He is under contract. Whether he’s unhappy or not, it shouldn’t have been made for public consumption the way that he has done it. Ntcham will be reminded of his responsibilities while he is still here.”
Clearly from his comments, the Ntcham situation is one that still bothers Lennon and the midfielder has been left in no doubt about what he needs to do when he arrives for training on Monday.
Apologies to his teammates and club staff appear to be on the cards if he hopes to return to the fold.
If he is intent on forcing a move then there will be realities for Celtic to deal with, but Ntcham signed a contract that runs until 2023 back in November, so they are in a strong position.
The Frenchman is talented, but his attitude appears to be below par and if he is going to be a disruptive element in the dressing room and on the training ground then the club should consider getting rid.