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Potential Celtic signing Chancel Mbemba could have more trouble off the pitch

Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United is shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Friend during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Newcastle on January 28, 2018 in London,...

Celtic have been linked with Chancel Mbemba.

Chancel Mbemba of FC Porto looks on during the presentation of the Porto FC players before the Pre-season friendly match between FC Porto and Newcastle at Estadio do Dragao on July 28,...

Celtic have been linked with a move for DR Congo defender Chancel Mbemba.

The Scottish Sun report Mbemba could be offered to Celtic as part of a swap deal with Porto for midfielder Olivier Ntcham.

 

Mbemba had a spell at Newcastle United and showed on the pitch when he was fit that he was capable of performing well.

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The 24-year-old made 59 appearances in total for the Toon.

Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United is shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Friend during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Newcastle on January 28, 2018 in London,...

He would be a solid if unspectacular addition for Celtic, helping address a defence which could be thin on quality players come next season, with Dedryck Boyata set to depart and Filip Benkovic's loan to expire.

The big problem for Mbemba could come off the pitch.

His boss at Newcastle United, Rafa Benitez, said that Mbemba failed to settle in the UK.

Benitez told The Chronicle: "We are talking about a player where we know he has quality if we analyse him technically.

“After, you have to settle down in the team, the city and the country."

Celtic would do all they can to help Mbemba, but if he struggled after three years at Newcastle to feel at home, then it suggests the defender may have trouble too in Glasgow.

Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Barnsley at St James' Park on May 7, 2017 in...

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