OLIVIER NTCHAM is ready to be offered an escape route out of Celtic – to AEK Athens.

The midfielder, who is due to restart training at Lennoxtown in a fortnight’s time following his loan flop at Marseille, has emerged as a shock target for the Greeks.

Ntcham’s dreams of a return to his homeland collapsed when it became clear the French outfit would not be taking up the option to make his temporary move permanent as he failed to spark for the Ligue 1 club.

The 25-year-old playmaker had already dropped out of ex-boss Neil Lennon’s plans before the turn of the year when it became obvious he wanted out of Parkhead.

Ntcham, who cost £4.5million when Brendan Rodgers bought him from Manchester City in June 2017, still has a year to run on his contract, but the Hoops are prepared to accept a cut-price offer for the player, according to the Scottish Sun.

The incoming manager will have the final say on who stays or who goes, but it seems clear the former French Under-21 international has no future at Parkhead and AEK, who sold keeper Vasilis Barkas to the fallen champions last summer for £4.5million, are ready to strike a deal.

The capital city club struggled last season and were well off the pace for the championship. They are ready to make the Hoops flop one of their best-paid players with a £20,000-per-week offer.

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