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Opinion: New deal for Ntcham will not mask Lawwell and Celtic’s poor handling of Dembele and Boyata

Opinion: New deal for Ntcham will not mask Lawwell and Celtic’s poor handling of Dembele and Boyata

There is a lot of uncertainty at Celtic right now with both the futures of Moussa Dembele and Dedryck Boyata in doubt. 

However, one player who looks set to to extend his stay at Celtic Park is Olivier Ntcham.

Manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed to the media that Ntcham is in talks over a new deal (via the Scottish Sun) with Celtic unwilling to part ways with the Frenchman amid interest from Porto.

Ntcham putting pen to paper on a new contract can only be seen as good news with the 22-year-old having become a key member of Rodgers’ squad since arriving in Glasgow from Manchester City last summer.

Ntcham’s contract situation, though, will not be enough to ease the fears of Celtic supporters who have been left worried with the club’s handling of Dembele and Boyata.

With Boyata having seemingly made it clear for some time that he wants out of Celtic Park either now or in the near future, there was the expectation that an adequate successor to the Belgian would have been brought in.

And, while there is obviously still time for that to materialise, leaving things this late in the transfer window is criminal, especially considering how early Celtic’s season starts compared to most other teams.

The arrival of a new central defender — who would have come in for the absent Boyata — could have made a huge difference in Celtic’s Champions League clash with AEK Athens.

Meanwhile, the decision to consider the possible sale of Dembele with little time left in the transfer window is also insane from the Celtic board’s point of view.

Finding a replacement for the Frenchman is one thing, but doing so with deadline day virtually here will be almost impossible.

With all of the above in mind, while also factoring the club’s elimination from the Champions League, Celtic supporters will only continue to ask questions of Peter Lawwell and co — and rightly so.

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