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OLIVIER NTCHAM may STILL have a future at Celtic.

The French midfielder will be on his way back to Parkhead in the sumer after his disastrous four-month loan spell at Marseille.

Ntcham, who is under contract at the Hoops until June 2022, looked to be heading for the exit on a permanent basis when he agreed the temporary switch to his homeland in the January transfer window.

He made all the right noises when he arrived at the Ligue 1 club, but there has been a remarkable twist in the story.

The 25-year-old powerhouse, who was bought by Brendan Rodgers from Manchester City for £4.5million in the summer of 2017, has flopped spectacularly in his spell at the Stade Velodrome and has been largely ignored in the past couple of months.

John Kennedy, though, has revealed he would be happy to welcome Ntcham back to Parkhead.

The interim manager revealed: “We’re not closing any doors on Olivier. I spoke to him a few weeks ago. I have a really good relationship with him.

“He was keen to get out for a new challenge and the club agreed on that.

“But if there’s going to be changes here in the summer, Olivier might be motivated to give Celtic another shot.”

Kennedy, speaking to the Scottish Sun on Sunday, added: “He’s a very good player as we know, so that’s a conversation that will have to take place at the end of the season if Olivier wants to come back and fight to be at Celtic.

“He could be a big part of the club moving forward because he’s a talented player.

“Marseille hasn’t worked out for him and sometimes the grass just isn’t greener.

“He’s a good lad, he’s professional and in the coming weeks the club will need to speak to him about his future.

“It will be about squad management and how it’s going to look next season. It hasn’t really been addressed.

“There hasn’t been too much discussion with the uncertainty around things.”

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