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Celtic: Olivier Ntcham departs Parkhead

Celtic: Olivier Ntcham departs Parkhead -Celtic

Olivier Ntcham has parted ways with Celtic after a four year spell with the Parkhead club [Sky Sports].

The Lowdown: Celtic face mini-exodus going into 2021/22

Before deciding to take the position as Hoops manager, Ange Postecoglou would’ve been well aware that multiple senior exits were expected at Celtic Park this window.

The likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Scott Brown have moved on to pastures new, whilst rumours continue to swirl regarding the future of Odsonne Edouard.

However, the departure of another Hoops man has now been settled owing to recent reports.

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The Latest: Ntcham departs after four years at Celtic

The 5 foot 11 Ntcham has finally left the Scottish giants after a long ordeal, bringing the curtain down on four years at the club [Sky Sports].

The Frenchman won eight trophies during his spell in Glasgow in the form of three Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups [Transfermarkt].

He was most recently linked with a move to Greek outfit AEK Athens, though his next destination after leaving Celtic remains unclear.

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The Verdict: Losing Ntcham for free is bitterly disappointing

Frustratingly, losing someone of Ntcham’s quality on a free transfer will come as a bitter blow to the Parkhead hierarchy.

Once targeted by Porto for a rumoured £15 million, Celtic may wish they had sold him when suitors for his signature were plentiful [The Scottish Sun].

Capable of producing moments of brilliance when on form, his goals against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico and Rangers in a 1-0 Glasgow Derby victory will not be forgotten by the Hoops support.

All in all, he registered 37 goal contributions in 147 appearances for Celtic; 24 goals and 13 assists [Transfermarkt].

Once labelled as ‘excellent’ by former boss Neil Lennon, the Celts will hope to put his freed-up salary funds to good use by acquiring a suitable replacement [67 Hail Hail].

In other news, Celtic weigh up a move for a Republic of Ireland international.


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