By Frank McAvennie

25th May, 2021 | 1:00pm

McAvennie: Celtic have committed 'crime of the century' with Ntcham termination

Frank McAvennie claims Celtic have committed the “crime of the century” by opting to terminate the contract of Olivier Ntcham and allowing him to leave on a free transfer. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Celtic icon admitted his shock at the news Ntcham was being let go.

This site revealed on 22nd May that Celtic have decided to terminate the contract of the Frenchman a year early.

Subsequently, a recruitment source has told Football Insider that Ntcham is back on Newcastle’s radar after they lost out to Marseille in the race to sign him in January.

Ntcham, 25, only made four league appearances for Marseille after joining them on loan in January.

The midfielder will now leave Parkhead after making 147 appearances over a four-year spell.

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McAvennie is a big fan of Ntcham and fumed at the decision to release him from his contract a year early.

I find it to be a strange one to be honest,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild

“Whoever has read me speaking about him before this will know I’m a fan of his. 

“He went off the boil. People said he wasn’t tracking back for Celtic. But no one was.

“I think his control and passing range is excellent. He might go further down the leagues, it’s the crime of the century from Celtic. 

“The boy has so much talent and for him not to show that on a bigger stage is hard.”

Then-Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas reigned over Ntcham’s loan signing as the deal wasn’t sanctioned by him.

The midfielder went on to play just 207 minutes of football for the French giants.

In other news, Jack Wilshere “could be tempted” by Celtic free agent switch if Eddie Howe appointed at Parkhead.