'Disrespectful' - Exclusive: McNamara claims lightning has struck twice at Celtic
Jackie McNamara says that there should be no problems in the Celtic dressing room after Olivier Ntcham’s comments belittling the quality of Scottish Football.
The former Parkhead and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims that lightning has struck twice at the Hoops with Ntcham following in the footsteps of fellow Frenchman Mousa Dembele in voicing his desire to leave.
The midfielder was quoted by French publication L’Equipe as saying he needed to leave Celtic and Scottish football to further himself as a player, insisting he was too good for the opposition.
McNamara ruled out his teammates having too much of a problem with the 23-year-old’s behaviour, insisting they would be used to it thanks to Dembele’s departure a year ago, and says players making their desires public is the way football is going.
Asked if there would be a rift in the dressing room, McNamara told Football Insider: “No, I don’t think so. There’s nothing new – we saw it in the last year with Mousa Dembele. It’s part and parcel of the game now.
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“If the player wants to leave, you see it. We’ve seen with Pogba, his agent saying he wants to leave, he wants a new challenge. It seems disrespectful to the club but that’s unfortunately the way the game is now.
“I’m sure Neil will handle that.”
Ntcham was in and out of the Celtic side last season, making a total of 37 appearances across all competitions, all but seven of those coming in the starting XI.
However, the majority of his outings came under former manager Brendan Rodgers, with Neil Lennon handing him just four starts in seven appearances.
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