Olivier Ntcham has insist he is not willing to leave Celtic this windows and believe it’s all down to Moussa Dembele alone at this point in time. This is coming after Leigh Griffiths injury against Hibernian over the weekend in which he scored the lone goal. He is likely to miss the tie against Zenith St Peterborough in the Europa league.
This injury diluted the victory for the Hoops and despite it was Rodgers 45th birthday, the manager was not having all of the celebration. But Olivier Ntcham believes that the team is united at this point in time after the injury.
Goalkeeper, Craig Gordon is also in line to be ruled out on a long term after colliding with former team mate, Efe Ambrose. So losing Griffiths and Gordon at this point can’t be more painful than this. It is at this time that Celtic will want to keep all their players which also suggest the talk about Dembele unlikely to be sold this January.
Ntcham also confirm that Dembele will be staying as both of them talk regularly about it and he’s not considering leaving this window.
Ntcham said as quoted by source: “But I speak with Moussa all the time and everything is fine. He is nice and relaxed.” He further explained “He just concentrates on what is happening on the pitch. That is it. If you start to worry about what is being said you lose your head.
You have to be focused on the pitch and that is it. I think his focus is strong. When you have pressure on you that means you are doing good work on the pitch.”
This will be a very testing time for Rodgers and it will be interesting how he navigates this crisis. If Dembele eventually stays, Celtic have a chance against Zenit because he brings quality to the team. What is left is for Rodgers to reintegrate him back into the team.
He has started it last Saturday and will most likely give him more playing time before the Europa league game. Another option is deep into the market and get some signings done before deadline day. It is unlikely Celtic will take this path but whatever decision they take will forever linger on.