Alan Rough has urged Celtic to sell midfielder Olivier Ntcham on PLZ Soccer following Tuesday night’s Champions League exit to CFR Cluj – and bring in a better replacement.
Ntcham, 23, joined Celtic in the summer of 2017 from Manchester City for a fee in the region of £4.5million after impressing during a two-year loan spell in Serie A with Genoa.
The France Under-21 international has since clocked up 91 appearances for Celtic, scoring 16 goals and laying on 10 assists. He and Neil Lennon have got over their differences, with Ntcham appearing six times this season.
Indeed, Ntcham has clocked up three assists in those games and scored one goal. But former Celtic goalkeeper and PLZ pundit Rough believes Celtic should sell Ntcham, after a disappointing display against Cluj.
“People have made their minds up, he can be replaced,” Rough said. “If you were to get £8million or £9million for him, I think you can replace him. I think he is a quality player in European style of football.
“In European leagues, he could pull the strings. But I think Celtic can find a player that is better than him. If someone is going to go, I would sell Ntcham.”
TBR’s view – Ntcham’s attitude is not good enough for Celtic
At times it is clear to see that Ntcham is not pulling in the direction of Celtic 100 per cent. The Frenchman is lackadaisical when on the pitch is only ever seen in full flow when looking to score.
If a bid of £9million comes in for Ntcham, Celtic simply have to take it and bring in a better, more hungry option in the middle of the park. Certainly, Celtic have cash to spend following the sale of Kieran Tierney.
Bringing more in for Ntcham would give Lennon serious spending power. Indeed, a player with a better attitude but boasting Ntcham’s quality would be an excellent addition.