Frank McAvennie has claimed Olivier Ntcham could have been a Celtic sensation if Neil Lennon and his staff had coached him properly.
The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 24-year-old “could have been a wonderful player” at Parkhead and tipped him to prove he is in France.
Marseille sealed the loan signing of the French midfielder on deadline day after this site revealed that the two clubs had agreed on a loan-to-buy deal.
However, as quoted by Sky Sports, Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed shortly after the move was confirmed that he had told the board he did not want Ntcham.
The Portuguese boss subsequently offered his resignation to the club but rather than accept it, Marseille chiefs chose to suspend the former Chelsea and Tottenham manager.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Ntcham’s exit, McAvennie said:
“I always liked Ntcham and I do not think that he got a fair crack of the whip at Celtic.
“Players like him need a good run of games in the side and he never got a run. Coached right by Lennon and his staff, he could have been a wonderful player and I think he will prove that at Marseille.”
Ntcham made 147 appearances for the Hoops and weighed in with 24 goals and 13 assists but was predominantly used as a squad player by Neil Lennon.
The former France Under-21 international international was deemed surplus to requirements at Parkhead in light of David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro’s form.