Jackie McNamara says that Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham is clearly looking for a move away from Parkhead after his comments belittling the quality Scottish football.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider the former Hoops star says the Frenchman’s comments were “disappointing” but that he has not lived up to his claims with some poor performances of his own.

Ntcham, 23, was quoted as saying that a move away from Celtic was “best for his development” and that the level of the opposition was not testing him enough to improve as a footballer.

However, McNamara has blasted the “disrespectful” Frenchman for his statement and insisted he should have been putting in a much better level of performance if the quality of competition is as low as he claims.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I think his comments are disappointing, Neil Lennon’s said that as well. It’s disrespectful for the club and the league.

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“It’s given him the opportunity and the platform to play and, especially last season, he wasn’t really strong in his performances. If it was that inferior then he should be standing out more, which he didn’t.

“Obviously the lad’s just looking to move on there. It’s a strange one, is he disruptive when he’s playing? The most important thing is whether he is contributing to the team. If they’re doing it on the pitch they can say what they want, do what they want at certain times.” 

Ntcham, who joined the Bhoys from Manchester City back in 2017, managed to feature 37 times across all competitions last season, 24 of those appearances coming in the starting XI, with six goals and one assist to his name.

He has had to battle with the likes of Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Nir Bitton for a place in Neil Lennon’s side since the Northern Irishman’s appointment.

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