Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Alan Hutton suggests Neil Lennon could green light the exit of Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham before transfer deadline day.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland defender insists the French star is good player but someone he thinks will be seen as expendable at Parkhead.

As revealed by Football Insider, Premier League side West Brom have made initial moves over a potential loan-to-buy deal for the 24-year-old as Southampton also look to prise him away from Parkhead.

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It is understood Celtic have set a £12million price tag on the head of the Frenchman, nearly three times they paid what they paid to sign him from Manchester City back in 2017.

Hutton insists that getting the eight-figure fee they’re after would be a good bit of business for the Bhoys and suggests a move could be on the cards before next month’s deadline.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think that’s really good money, I think if Celtic can get £12million for him, they’ll be happy with that.

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“As a player, I like him but he’s in and out, he doesn’t play all the time. I do think Neil Lennon does trust him but I think there’s maybe other players that he prefers in certain games.

“I think if Celtic were to get in around £12million I think they would let him go. I think Ntcham is one they might think about and that’s not me saying I think he’s not a good player, he’s a really good player and he always plays well for Celtic, it’s just they’ve got a lot of options going forward.” 

Ntcham has played a total of 134 times for Celtic since he joined the club from Manchester City.

However, he has started just four out of a possible nine league games this season, with the likes of Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie for competition at Parkhead.

In other Celtic news, Alex McLeish believes a Hoops forward may have his sights set on a move after Lennon confession.