During the summer, Peter Lawwell and the rest of the Celtic board came under heavy criticism from some supporters — and rightly so.
As far as incomings go, it was quite an underwhelming transfer window for the club, while the departure of Moussa Dembele to Lyon on deadline day did not make things any better.
However, months on from Dembele’s exit, Celtic appear to have learned their lesson. In the end, the SPL champions were forced into selling their talisman at a relatively low price considering his ability with his contract running down.
Next summer, though, that is not a problem they should have with star midfielder Olivier Ntcham after tying down the the Frenchman to a new four-year deal.
In this day and age, of course, by no means does that guarantee Ntcham will be at Celtic Park for the duration of those four years. But what it does ensure is that the Glasgow club have more control over the 22-year-old’s future, something which was far from the case when it came to Dembele.
With that in mind, the work put in by manager Brendan Rodgers, chief executive Lawwell and the rest of the Celtic board to get Ntcham to sign a new deal must be praised.
Because of it, the club will either retain a quality player for the coming seasons or be able to sell him on for good money, money that reflects his ability.
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