By Alan Hutton

8th Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

Hutton makes 'Champions League' Ntcham claim after Celtic exit

Alan Hutton has appluaded Olivier Ntcham’s agent for sealing the midfielder a “very good move” to Swansea City after his Celtic exit.

However, the former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 25-year-old had set his sights on a club playing in Europe instead.

Swansea City confirmed Ntcham’s arrival last week (1st September) after Football Insider revealed he was undergoing a medical on deadline day.

Celtic confirmed he had left on a free transfer at the start of August.

Ntcham fell out of favour at Parkhead under former boss Neil Lennon.

He joined Marseille on loan in January.

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However, his arrival led to a falling out between Andre Villas Boas and the French outfit’s board.

Hutton insisted after a difficult 12 months, a move to Swansea was an impressive one for Ntcham.

Asked if Ntcham’s agent had done well to get him a move to Swansea, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, I think so after everything that’s happened.

“I think him personally as a player, and it’s no disrespect to Swansea, he was probably aiming for, at one stage, maybe a Champions League team or a team in Europe.

“That’s where he was kind of aiming towards. He moved to Marseille and it just did not work out at all. Villas Boas even left, it was a strange one.

“To get a move to the Championship at one of the top teams, with an eye on getting promoted to the Premier League, is a great move.

“I’ve said all along, on his day he’s a very good player. He has got a lot to him as a player. The skill set is there. It is just about him concentrating.

“It seems like at Celtic, yes he’d won a lot. Maybe his head was turned over the talk of different moves to here and there and bigger teams.

“It didn’t come to fruition so it’s about him getting back to the basics now. Playing week in, week out with high standards.”

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