‘Imposter’: Fans react to Ntcham’s Marseille move

Olivier Ntcham has tonight completed a move to Marseille on a six-month loan deal, with Les Olympiques given the option to buy the Frenchman for £4.5m at the end of his tenure – the same price Celtic bought him for back in 2017.

Ntcham has struggled as of late, not playing for Celtic in over a month and finding a starting berth hard to nail down given the imperious form of Ismaila Soro, David Turnbull and the leadership of Scott Brown and Conor McGregor. It is all but a far cry from his early days when, under the spell of Brendan Rodgers, the Frenchman was in the starting XI most weeks and played some scintillating football which captured the attentions of Newcastle and Porto – with the latter reportedly offering £17m for his services last summer.

Ntcham earned the hearts of Celtic fans over the years by chipping in with vital goals; most memorably a winner against theRangers back in September 2018 and a famous last-minute winner against Italian giants Lazio last season – which meant Celtic progressed to the knockout rounds of the Europa League, and more importantly let 3,000 Glaswegians roam around Rome with Moretti and Peroni flowing farther than the eye could see.

However, those performances have dried up as of late, with Ntcham being frozen out of the first team picture, and ultimately a decision was mate to send him on loan to France. Fans have voiced their dismay at the board and his attitude, with the majority saying good riddance to the once promising youngster.

However, when you look at the Celtic fans who had their hatred-tinted spectacles off, you begin to realise than Ntcham was actually a decent player; he just largely suffered under Lennon.

It is a strange atmosphere at Celtic Park at the minute, typified by Ntcham’s departure; the potential the young Frenchman had when he walked through the door at Lennoxtown was immense, having been trained in one of the best academies in British football. Under Rodgers he carried this on and looked a formidable player, but as with a lot of things in the spell of Neil Lennon, it just hasn’t gone to plan. All the best to Olivier in his spell in France, and hopefully he kicks on from here.

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  1. Well,there ye go ‼️ CELTIC SIGN ‘CONOR McGREGOR’ ‼️

    Though,he’d have been away long ago if he’d had his way back then,Good luck 🍀

    Goodbye and Good luck Oli🍀

  2. I was derided when I pointed out that Ntcham only ever bothered showing up when in the big-game shop window, or when transfer windows where open. I don’t like being proven right but I’m glad to see this wage vacuum gone and hopefully Marseille will fork out the full fee in the summer. Arrogant players who put themselves before the club should not be allowed to stink up the joint with their bad attitude…neither should managers.

  3. Ntcham another being sacrificed to the hubris of Lennon . Clearly Neil could not get the best out of him – unlike Duffy who plays every week -regardless ! LOL !