Former Celtic player says he had bad relationship with the club

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There have been a lot of players at Celtic over the years who were expected to be the 'next big thing' at Parkhead but for many, things did not work out according to expectations. Of course, that is just the nature of football. Now, one such player has shed some light on the circumstances around his Parkhead exit.

One of the highly-rated players Celtic signed during Brendan Rodgers' first stint at Parkhead was Olivier Ntcham. The midfielder was brought in from Manchester City.

Ntcham actually showed a ton of potential during his debut season with Celtic. People were quick to mark him as someone who was destined for the very top. But unfortunately, the midfielder's career has not exactly been on an upward trajectory since then.

Ntcham's importance to the Celtic team would decline over time. A loan spell at Marseille did not work out either and he eventually ended up leaving permanently for Swansea City. After a two-year spell there, the midfielder now finds himself in Turkey, playing for Samsunspor.

Former Celtic player says he had bad relationship with the club

It looks like the player did not have a great relationship with the club due to his exit. As reported by the Daily Record, Ntcham 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."

Of course, Ntcham's time at Celtic Park was not the grand success that was initially expected. But that happens sometimes. He did contribute to the team while he was at the club. We can only wish him the best moving forward.

Celtic fans will never get bored of winning trophies though. The club won the treble last season but that does not make the hunger any less as we head into the last few weeks of this campaign, with a Premiership and Scottish Cup double still up for grabs for Rodgers' side.