Noel Whelan has admitted Olivier Ntcham’s loan from Celtic to Marseille is “one of the biggest transfer shambles” he has ever seen.
The former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted he would want to return to Parkhead as soon as possible after the fallout which has erupted due to his capture.
Celtic confirmed the 24-year-old’s loan move on deadline day, with Football Insider revealing the Ligue 1 outfit have an obligation to buy the midfielder at the end of the season.
📝 Olivier Ntcham has joined @OM_English on loan until the end of the season.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 1, 2021
However, as quoted by Sky Sports, Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed he had told the board he did not want Ntcham signed and offered his resignation.
The Portuguese boss has since been suspended for his comments criticising the club’s transfer policy and methods.
Whelan insisted players should not be bought without the manager’s approval and suggested Ntcham now found himself in a very awkward situation at his new club.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “This is the reason why you know you don’t have a technical director who buys players for you – if he’s not on your list, you don’t bring him in, it’s as simple as that.
“Villas-Boas made his feelings well known and as a player, if it was me, I’d be wanting to go back to Celtic. A very, very strange one.
“Straight away, the relationship between player and manager is very strained, isn’t it? You can see the disappointment in Villas-Boas, to come out publicly and say that and wanting to hand in his resignation shows how angry he was a deal had been done without him wanting that player.
“I think on all sides, for the manager, club and player, this seems like the biggest transfer shambles I’ve ever seen.”
Ntcham has left Celtic after playing 147 and scoring 24 goals for the Bhoys across all competitions.
A double-treble winner, the Frenchman fell out of favour under Neil Lennon and made just seven league starts this season.