Alex McLeish has urged Olivier Ntcham to seal a move out of Celtic after being given the green light to leave this month.

The former Rangers and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 24-year-old will be happy to quit the Hoops after falling down the pecking order under Neil Lennon.

As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic are willing to let Ntcham to leave Parkhead permanently this month, with Premier League duo West Brom and Southampton among his suitors in recent windows.

It is understood the Bhoys have slashed their asking price to around £7million – £5million less than what they were asking for last summer – as the Frenchman heads into the final 18 months of his contract.

Ntcham has started just seven times in the Premiership this season, with a total of 23 appearances under his belt across all competitions.

McLeish has suggested the midfielder will be frustrated over his game time this season and that a move away suits all parties.

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McLeish told Football Insider: Let’s face it, the guy can’t be particularly happy himself to be an also-ran in the squad when a couple of years ago he was playing every week, some really top-class performances. 

“For some reason, I don’t know if it’s form or Neil Lennon doesn’t see him fitting into the the system, maybe it’s a bit of both and the guy has got years ahead of him in terms of his career.

“The one thing that every footballer, at every club, should be thinking about is playing football.

That’s what you’re in it for, it’s not to a be a sub for 10 years, make a nice, wee comfortable living out of it. It’s about playing football.

“It’s about learning, it’s about getting better and it’s about setting standards for yourself and trying to raise the bar in every game you play. I’m banging on about this when I should just have said yes, he should leave.”

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