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Is Scott McTominay the right candidate to replace exit-linked Olivier Ntcham?

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Is Scott McTominay the right candidate to replace exit-linked Olivier Ntcham?

Scott McTominay is a loan target for Celtic.

Celtic face a battle to keep midfielder Olivier Ntcham with FC Porto lining up a £14m bid, according to The Scottish Sun.

Ntcham is a key part of Celtic’s plans but this major bid, plus the offer of Chancel Mbemba in return, could tempt Brendan Rodgers into selling him.

But Mbemba would not be a like-for-like replacement; instead the ex-Newcastle United man would be a centre-back option.

That means that Celtic would need to find a new central midfielder to replace Ntcham this month if the Frenchman does depart.

According to The Daily Record, Celtic have lined up a loan swoop for Manchester United’s Scott McTominay to plug the gap.

 

But is McTominay really the right candidate to replace Ntcham in midfield?

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Highly rated by Jose Mourinho, McTominay has played less under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a loan move would be sensible for his career.

The 22-year-old has a lot of potential but whether he would be an immediate fix for Celtic remains to be seen.

Ntcham plays an instrumental role in this Celtic side when he is in form and McTominay would have to be at his best to replace him.

And with just 33 senior games to his name, perhaps Rodgers might fancy signing someone with a bit more experience in that department.

The Scotland international is a promising player, but Celtic need proven quality if Ntcham departs. McTominay would be a risk and one that might not be worth taking, considering how close this title race is at the moment.

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