Ntcham tipped to 'wear the Celtic shirt' in turnaround after update via Sky
Noel Whelan has backed Olivier Ntcham to turn his Celtic career around after being brought in from the cold by Ange Postecoglou.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 25-year-old could change fans’ opinions over the summer.
Speaking to Sky Sports on Saturday (July 10th), Postecoglou lifted the lid on talks with Ntcham about his future at Parkhead.
The Australian boss revealed the Frenchman “wanted to come back and make an impression this year”.
He also stated the 25-year-old had impressed in training.
Football Insider revealed in April Ntcham wanted out of Parkhead this summer after leaving for Marseille on loan in January.
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The midfielder has been widely criticised for his attitude and sub-par performances at Parkhead.
Whelan admitted Ntcham could find things “uncomfortable” at Celtic Park after looking to leave.
However, he insisted fans would forgive and forget with a change of attitude.
“There’s a chance here for him to smooth over some cracks. It’s down to the player, his attitude,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“He’s got to come with the attitude he’s going to be at Celtic, going to wear the Celtic shirt and give his all for Celtic.
“He can’t come in and say: ‘I’m just going to see how it goes in pre-season.’ He’s got to come in with the fact that’s he’s going to make the difference.
“He’s got to be the leader. The player who goes out there, takes charge and pushes people and takes people to the next level.
“It’s very difficult when you’ve got to make up ground with the fans and the club straight away. It’s going to be uncomfortable.
“But if you show the right attitude and the willingness to fight for the shirt, people will very soon forget. He’s got an opportunity here with a new manager.
“There’s an opportunity. I don’t think you should turn your back on players straight away. The new manager will know that, he’ll need everybody possible.
“If they’ve got the right attributes to be successful as a team with individual brilliance and collectively, I think you’ve got to keep that door wide open for them.”