Celtic's Olivier Ntcham could be under huge pressure if he joins Porto amid reports

Manager of Celtic Neil Lennon walks to the dugout before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Celtic's Scottish Premiership champion Olivier Ntcham could reportedly replace club legend Hector Herrera at Primeira Liga giants Porto.

Porto's Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera celebrates with the trophy after winning the Super Cup football match against CD Aves at the Aveiro Municipal stadium in Aveiro on August 4, 2018....

FC Porto are about to bid farewell to one of their most influential players of the 21st century.

In six years at the Estadio do Dragao, Hector Herrera has made almost 250 appearances, scored 34 goals and captained the club to the 2017/18 Primeira Liga title. The Mexican international midfielder could repeat the trick this season with Porto fighting bitter rivals Benfica for the domestic crown.

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But it seems that the 2018/19 campaign will be Herrera’s last in the famous blue and white shirt.

 

The 29-year-old is out of contract this summer and, according to ESPN, he is set to join Atletico Madrid. Needless to say, the man Porto sign to replace their 2015 Player of the Year will have his work cut out.

Enter Olivier Ntcham. According to the Scottish Sun, the Champions League quarter-finalists are still interested in signing Celtic’s classy Frenchman, having failed with a £14 million bid last summer.

Olivier Ntcham of Celtic has his shirt pulled by Andrew Halliday of Rangers as Mikael Lustig of Celtic looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers...

Ntcham has been keen to take his chance at Porto for some time, as reported by O Jogo, but the one-time Manchester City youngster should not underestimate the challenge that will face him in Iberia.

Replacing a club captain, and a modern-day legend, is easier said than done after all. And with Ntcham’s form dipping alarmingly at times during his second season at Celtic, he will have to raise his game considerably if his move to Porto finally comes to fruition.

Glen Kamara and Steven Davis of Rangers challenges Oliver Ntcham of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in...

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