Celtic will struggle to find a club willing to pay the asking price for Olivier Ntcham in this transfer window, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker said the 24-year-old has “not been selling himself” with his performances in green and white this season.

Ntcham has been a bit-part player for Neil Lennon’s side this season, only 12 of his 23 appearances in all competitions have been starts.

Football Insider understands the club are willing to sell the French midfielder for around £7million this month.

They have paved the way for his exit after this site revealed that the Scottish champions have given Ntcham the green light to leave Parkhead this month.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the former Manchester City player’s future, Whelan said: “There will be clubs looking at Ntcham.

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“It would be a massive risk, almost like taking a young player in because he has not played much and when he has, he has not performed.

“It is all about personality and character – can you trust a player? It is like Kiko Casilla at Leeds, the club would love someone to sign him but who is going to take him?

“The performances he has put in this season, he is not selling himself. That is the big problem. Clubs are going to look at his price tag and think – is he worth it?

“A club might take a chance but this is not the window to take chances on players with no money coming in.”  

In other news, a finance guru has dropped a Dermot Desmond reveal and claimed Celtic stars will have to be sold.