By Frank McAvennie

4th Aug, 2021 | 7:00am

McAvennie claims Celtic have made '£17m' blunder as Ntcham departure confirmed

Frank McAvennie insists something isn’t right at Celtic after Olivier Ntcham left the club this week.

The Parkhead icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, is backing the midfielder to kick start his career at a new club.

On 2nd August, Celtic announced Ntcham had left the club despite taking part in pre-season.

The 25-year-old has been with Celtic for four years but spent the second half of the campaign 2020-21 on loan with Marseille.

The midfielder barely played in France and Marseille didn’t see enough to sign him permanently.

On 6th July, McAvennie told Ange Postecoglou to let Ntcham work his way back into the frame at Celtic.

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As such, the former striker is baffled as to why the Frenchman has been allowed to leave.

“People always said he was lazy but I like him as a player,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I thought he was a talent and he’s only a young boy. It’s a mistake.

“He’ll get a club and he’ll kick on, I’m sure of it. He’s a top talent.

“He was at Manchester City and it’s not too long ago there was interest in him.

“Celtic were after £17million for him, now a few years later he’s gone for nothing.

“Something isn’t right there but I wish him all the best. Clearly, we don’t know the full story.”

Ntcham was heavily linked with a transfer out of Celtic in 2019 but the reported £17million asking price was never officially verified.

He leaves Parkhead after making 150 appearances in green and white.

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