Celtic have been the powerhouse club in Scottish football for some years now following the decline of Old Firm rivals Rangers. Since arriving in 2016, Brendan Rogers has really established a quality side that the fans can be proud of; one that compliments youth development, plays attacking football, defends well, and produces results when it really matters.
There’s no doubt that being a part of Celtic Football Club brings with it certain expectations that are demanded of players by the fans. Pride, consistency, effort, quality, and love for the team, are all equally as important as each other. If any are absent from a performance, it is made known in the most fantastic of ways.
Of course, there are players that are unable to meet the required standard. And they standout like sore thumbs.
Here are two of those who have started to look a little bit like they’re unwilling to satisfy the Celtic faithful…
Before we start on Ntcham, it’s worth noting that the player hasn’t let his performances drop. He’s very much still a huge part of the team, and that’s showed during the last weekends game against Hibernian.
However, there’s reason to believe that he sees his career unfolding elsewhere. Much like his compatriot Moussa Dembele, who enjoyed a stellar career in Glasgow before joining Lyon this summer, Ntcham has been linked to big clubs in Europe. According to The Scotsman, Porto came knocking in the latest transfer window with a bid worth £13.5million for the midfielder. Opportunities like these are golden for young players, and the fact that Celtic were unwilling to entertain the offer is probably playing on his mind.
Also, as a player who arrived from Premier League champions Manchester City, it’s entirely possible that he may have an inflated sense of worth. This alone is enough to affect the mentality of some young players going forward.
Simple enough. The chant for Scott Sinclair hasn’t echoed around Celtic Park for a while. His form has dipped dramatically since his electrifying introduction to Scottish football, and it’s increasingly becoming the case that he’s warming the champion’s bench as opposed to the left-hand side of the pitch.
A link to Premier League duo Brighton and Bournemouth (as reported by the Daily Record) didn’t do much to help his focus, and that shows.
It looks like the winger is enjoying his football less and less in Glasgow, and the team aren’t exactly benefiting from his presence so it’s likely there will be some kind of move in the near future.