By Frank McAvennie

4th Dec, 2020 | 7:00am

'He should be in XI ahead of so-called superstars' - Lennon told to recall Celtic 24yo by pundit

Frank McAvennie has urged Neil Lennon to reinstate Olivier Ntcham into the Celtic team as Premier League clubs circle ahead of the January transfer window.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, hailed the “wonderful” 24-year-old who’s “work rate is up there with Scott Brown’s”.

Ntcham is set to enter the final 18 months of his contract at Parkhead with no signs that a new deal will be tabled or agreed.

Football Insider revealed that West Brom are considering a swoop for the centre-midfielder while Southampton retain their long-term interest in the player.

The French midfielder has not started a league match since October and was an unused substitute for Sunday’s shock 2-0 loss against Ross County.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the future of Ntcham, McAvennie said: “Ntcham is a really good player.

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“If I was Neil Lennon I would fit him into my team, I honestly would. That is why I am not a manager.

“Ntcham is a wonderful player and his only downfall is that he sometimes tries too hard. His work ethic is up there with Scott Brown’s.

“He should be in that team ahead of some of these so-called ‘superstars’.”

Ntcham has made 145 appearances for Celtic since he arrived in a £4.5million deal from Manchester City in July 2017.

He has been capped 18 times by France’s Under-21s but is yet to receive a call up to the senior side.

In other news, Celtic backed to beat Rangers to pre-contract signing after big Warburton reveal.