Andy Walker says Lennon only played Celtic ace Oliver Ntcham against Cluj so he's easier to sell

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

The Celtic ace faces an uncertain future at Parkhead.


Andy Walker suggested that the only reason Neil Lennon selected Oliver Ntcham for Celtic on Tuesday night against FC Cluj was so that it will be easier to sell the midfielder, when speaking exclusively to the Scotsman.

The Hoops crashed out of the Champions League after losing 4-3 at home to the Romanian side, and they will now have to make do with competing in the Europa League.


Ntcham played 83 minutes of the game at Parkhead, and was far from his best.


The 23-year-old Frenchman, who cost Celtic £4.5 million in 2017 (BBC Sport) claimed earlier this summer that he is too good for Scottish Football, as quoted by the Herald:

“Celtic has given me a lot but leaving is the best solution for my development. We can do as many matches as we want but, with all due respect for my opponents, if the level in front is not high, you do not progress."

And Walker suggested that playing Ntcham on Tuesday night was a mistake, when speaking exclusively to the Scotsman:

Oliver Ntcham of Celtic is challenged by Chris Casement of Linfield during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Second Round, Second Leg match between Celtic and Linfield at Celtic Park...

"He’s already said publicly that he thinks he’s too good to play in Scotland and I can only assume that he played on Tuesday night because that will make it easier to sell him. Neil is going to have problems managing a player who cost the club a fair bit of money and isn’t interested in playing for Celtic."

If Celtic receive a decent offer for the Frenchman before the end of the month, he will surely be moved on. The problem for the Hoops, however, is that on his day, he is one of the league's best players.

So Ntcham will not be easy to replace.

Following his comments earlier this summer though, it is hard to envisage a scenario where he remains at Parkhead for too much longer.

Oliver Ntcham of France during the UEFA Under 21 Championship Group C match France v Croatia at the San Marino Olimpic Stadium in Serravalle, Italy on June 21, 2019

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