OLIVIER NTCHAM was snubbed again by Marseille as they fought back to win 3-1 at Reims last night to hoist themselves to fifth in Ligue 1.
The on-loan Celtic midfielder was overlooked once again as coach Jorge Sampaoli made changes and the former French Under-21 international remained on the substitutes’ bench throughout.
At least he did get to make an appearance in the recent 3-3 draw with Montpellier – all of one minute when he got the nod to go on in the fading moments.
Ntcham, who joined the struggling club in January with a view to cementing a £4.5million move from Parkhead, has flopped in his homeland and only a spectacular u-turn will see him offered a permanent deal.
Marseille have only four league games left to play in a disappointing campaign that saw them part company with former Chelsea and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas two days after the arrival of the Hoops player he insisted he did not want in his squad.
OLI OOPS…no matter which way you look at it, Olivier Ntcham appears to be in turmoil while it’s at Marseille (above) or Celtic (below) as his career heads for the crossroads.
They face Strasbourg on Friday and see out the season with matches against St Etienne, Angers and Metz with the final outing on May 23 – eight days after the Hoops bring down the curtain on a wretched campaign against Hibs at Easter Road.
Ntcham was a mere onlooker at the Stade Auguste-Delaune 11 stadium last night as the home side took the lead in the 38th minute through Nathaniel Mduku.
Luis Henrique and Valentin Rongier were introduced for Lucas Perrin and Boubecar Kamara as the visitors fought back to clinch the points with a double from Dmitri Payet and a single from Arkadusz Milik.
Twenty-five-year-old Ntcham could find himself in soccer limbo in the summer with a year still to run on his Celtic contract following his £4.5million arrival from Manchester City in June 2018.