Olivier Ntcham was BORED of Celtic trophy lifts as he reveals 'very bad relationship' with board

Former Celtic star Olivier Ntcham
Former Celtic star Olivier Ntcham -Credit:SNS Group

Olivier Ntcham admits he had to leave Celtic because he was BORED of lifting trophies.

The French midfielder won three Trebles during his four years at Parkhead before moving on to Swansea City in 2021 after a brief loan stint at Marseille. Once a £14million target for Porto, Ntcham ended up leaving the Scottish champions for nothing. Now on the books of Turkish side Samsunspor, the 28-year-old revealed he felt let down at being denied a big-money move to Portugal.

The former Manchester City youth said: "I left Celtic because I didn't think I could win any more trophies with them at the time. I was there for three seasons and we won everything, all the trophies. So I thought it was the right moment to leave. But I had some disagreements with the club because they didn't want me to leave. I left anyway and because of that, we had a very bad relationship.

"But I don't have any bad thoughts towards Celtic. At the end of the day, this is football and football is like that sometimes. I wish them the best and I was very happy while I was there."

While Ntcham achieved all he could in Glasgow, he still pinches himself when he thinks back on his derby winner at Parkhead in 2018. Ntcham scored in the second-half to condemn Steven Gerrard to his first defeat as Rangers manager.

He added: "It was incredible, it felt amazing to score the only goal. There are no words to use for this type of game, but it was great. The feeling, the stadium full, everything. The stadium was shaking and the moment I scored that goal was incredible. It was an amazing feeling and even now I struggle to describe the excitement.

"I felt like we were going to win the game that morning. At that time we played a style of football where we spent a lot of time with the ball. I knew we would create a lot of chances and I thought I could score a goal or two. So I knew that we would win that match and that I would do something."