By Noel Whelan

29th Nov, 2020 | 8:00am

'He's First Out The Door' - Exclusive: Celtic big name tipped to lead 'Exodus' by pundit

Noel Whelan has urged Celtic to cash in on Olivier Ntcham ahead of a potential transfer “exodus” at Parkhead.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted he can see several of the Bhoys’ top stars leaving Glasgow next year and suggested the 24-year-old should be sold after his uninspiring displays.

As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday, Celtic may be forced to sell up to four of their senior stars in January to raise some much-needed cash after spending £15million on transfer and loan fees over the summer.

This site detailed how Ntcham, who will enter the final 18 months on his contract at the turn of the year, was valued at £12million ahead of the summer transfer window.

Whelan has questioned why players always seem to have a desire to leave Parkhead despite their continued success but insisted the French midfielder should be one of the first out the door if he is not committed to the cause.

Asked if he thought Ntcham could be sold to boost the coffers at Parkhead, Whelan said: “The problem is, they’ve had so many players at that football club, after being champions, winning the cup, wanting out.

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“Now why are they wanting out? Why are they wanting to go and play somewhere else when you’ve come off the back of a Premiership win, when you’ve won the cups and they’re wanting out before the start of the season?

“Now, it seems to me there’s going to be an exodus of players there at that club but there’s got to be a reason why they don’t want to stay at Celtic and Ntcham, if he’s putting in those sort of performances (v Benfica) and showing that he’s not bothered and doesn’t want to fight for that shirt and fight for that club, then he has to be sold, first out the door, there’s no doubt about that.

“You can’t have people that don’t want to play for the shirt, it’s just one thing. The best thing to do, if they don’t want to be there, is get them out, get some players in that will have that drive and that commitment, and that desire to play for the football team.”

Ntcham, who joined Celtic for £4.5million from Manchester City back in 2017, has played 145 times for the Bhoys but publicly voiced his desire to leave Parkhead in the summer of 2019.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider has revealed how long the Bhoys are willing to wait before sacking Neil Lennon.