Olivier Ntcham offered a Celtic olive branch while John Kennedy made the observation “the grass is not always greener”

John Kennedy has reopened the door for Olivier Ntcham at Celtic and has said the French outcast could be a key player for the club’s new boss.

The 25-year-old midfielder was loaned to Marseille in January, but the move to his homeland was a disaster.

Ntcham is expected to return to Glasgow this summer, where a new Gaffer Hoops will be in place.

Eddie Howe is expected to be Neil Lennon’s long-term replacement and replacement Kennedy believes the Frenchman may still have a future at Parkhead.

Ntcham was signed by Brendan Rodgers for £ 4.5million from Manchester City in 2017 and was part of the club’s quadruple Treble squad.

Olivier Ntcham from Marseille

He was expected to be one of the players moved this summer, with a huge regime change at Celtic.

But interim boss Kennedy insists Ntcham could stay if he’s ready to impress a new manager.

He said: “We are not closing any doors on Olivier. I spoke to him a few weeks ago and I have a good relationship with him.

“He wanted to take on a new challenge and the club agreed. It was good for both of us at the time.

“But if there are to be changes this summer, Olivier could be motivated to give Celtic another chance.

“He’s a very good player as we know, so it’s a conversation that will have to take place at the end of the season if Olivier is to come back and fight to be at Celtic.

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

“Marseille didn’t work for him and sometimes the grass isn’t greener.

“He’s a good boy, he’s professional and in the coming weeks the club will have to talk to him about his future.

“It’s going to be about managing the team and knowing what it looks like next season. It was not really discussed.

“There weren’t too many discussions due to the uncertainty surrounding things.

“But several parties will have these talks in the coming weeks. We will have our own ideas, but it will be up to the decision makers.

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