Olivier Ntcham has turned out to be a revelation at Celtic Park since arriving from Manchester City last summer, becoming a mainstay in Brendan Rodgers’ midfield thanks to his dominant displays in the middle of the park.
As a result, the 22-year-old now finds himself caught in an international tug-of-war between France and Cameroon in a development that should be of particular interest to Celtic.
According to the Scottish Sun, Ntcham, a current France U21 international, is a target for Cameroon manager Clarence Seedorf with the midfielder eligible to play for the Indomitable Lions through his parents.
On paper, such a development probably means little for Celtic and supporters. However, it is a development that could be very important for the club going forward, especially considering one of the nations involved in the tug-of-war over Ntcham is France.
It shows that despite playing in a league that is not as competitive and strong as some of its other European counterparts, Celtic can still provide a platform for players to gain international recognition.
Ultimately, Celtic have the means to attract more players of Ntcham’s calibre. Since Rodgers succeeded Ronny Deila in the Celtic Park dugout, on top of the former Manchester City man, the likes of Moussa Dembele, Odsonne Edouard and Scott Sinclair have all been brought to the club — individuals with a lot of ability.
And such a trend should continue with Ntcham’s accession in Glasgow something for other talented players who may be seeking a transfer to look at.