By Frank McAvennie

25th Jan, 2021 | 10:00am

'I Get Why He Wants To Leave' - Exclusive: McAvennie reacts to £7m Celtic transfer reveal

Olivier Ntcham may want to leave Celtic before this week’s transfer deadline, according to Frank McAvennie.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops and St Mirren striker said that he would “understand why” the 24-year-old may want to leave this month with game time a rarity for a few months now.

Ntcham has not started a game for Neil Lennon’s side since November – a shock 4-1 defeat at Sparta Prague in the Europa League group stages.

Football Insider revealed last week that the club are willing to sell the French midfielder for around £7million this month.

It comes after Ntcham was given the green light to leave Parkhead earlier this month with a number of Premier League clubs interested in a potential deal.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the centre-midfielder’s future, McAvennie said: “I’ve not got a problem with Ntcham because he has not been in the team.

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“I understand why he wants to leave. I get it.

“The rest of them have just upset things. Those players can just go as far as I’m concerned.

“The environment is not good when people want to leave, it is just wrong.” 

Ntcham has contributed 24 goals and 13 assists in 147 appearances since he joined from Manchester City in July 2017.

He has 17 months left on his current deal having last put pen to paper on a contract extension in November 2018.

In other news, a top pundit suggests the real reason why Neil Lennon refuses to walk away from his job at Celtic.