Celtic confirmed the loan-to-buy exit of midfielder Olivier Ntcham on Monday evening as Marseille moved to lure the Hoops man back to his home country – but Celtic supporters are not impressed on Twitter.
Ntcham, 24, has left Celtic just three appearances shy of reaching 150 in all competitions after initially being brought to Parkhead by Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2017. But this season, he has earned plenty of criticism.
Many Hoops fans feel the former Genoa loanee has shown a lack of effort, mostly evident in a 4-1 home defeat to Sparta Prague in the Europa League. Sky Sports claim Marseille have a £4.5million option to buy him permanently.
The Hoops were largely quiet on deadline day, though they did replace the loss of Jeremie Frimpong – who joined Bayer Leverkusen – by swooping for Everton right-back Jonjoe Kenny on a loan deal until the summer.
Ntcham will now look to resurrect a disappointing season under former Tottenham and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, who saw his Marseille side knocked out of the Champions League group stage earlier this season.
Celtic fans are not impressed. While many are thankful that Ntcham has left, supporters feel the side have come out of the window weaker than first going in – while one fan thinks letting Ntcham go is “absolute lunacy”.
On his day he was unplayable. Selling all our best young talent is absolute lunacy.
— TJ (@ThomasJ60796311) February 2, 2021
A waste of a great talent, I hate what this club has become, Lennon needs to walk
— Celtic, unblock my main please 🍀👍🏻 (@SwitchBladeBkup) February 1, 2021
£15 million player reduced to £5 million, the Lennon factor, regression and failure all across our club
— Fabio (@FQuintiliani) February 1, 2021
Congratulations you’ve weakened the squad even more but signed a right back. 👏 👏
— William Mckenna (@mcklennox79) February 1, 2021
Coming out of a transfer window weaker again, well done celtic
— paulbroon (@paulbroon) February 1, 2021
Another transfer window we come out of weaker than we were going in
— iain morrison (@iainmor26602581) February 1, 2021