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Celtic ace Scott Brown gives mixed transfer updates on Mikael Lustig and Olivier Ntcham | Football | Sport

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon is keen to improve his playing squad in order to boost their chances of winning a ninth-consecutive Premiership title next season.

As well as adding names to his squad, the Northern Irishman faces a challenge in keeping hold of his key players, and Brown has handed fans an update on both Mikael Lustig and Olivier Ntcham.

Lustig, 32, joined Celtic from Rosenborg in 2012 and has gone on to make 226 appearances for the club, with Brown quick to praise his team-mate this week.

“Lustig has been phenomenal,” Brown told BBC Sport.

“The club and Mikael are still talking just now, so hopefully they can come to some sort of agreement.

“We all love him in the dressing room. The fans love him as well.

“Last season was the best football that I’ve seen him play, he’s just kicked on, he’s still playing for Sweden.

“He’s still got that hunger in his belly that he wants to thrive and win more trophies.”

Lustig has been heavily linked with a move to Belgian side Gent ahead of his contract expiration at the end of this month.

Another played tipped to head for the exit door at Parkhead is France Under-21 international Ntcham.

Ntcham made his transfer stance clear by unfollowing his Celtic team-mates on Instagram last week with Marseille showing interest.

Ntcham has played two full seasons for the club since joining in 2017, scoring 14 goals in 77 appearances and Brown has revealed why his colleague might want to leave.

Asked about Ntcham’s transfer-focussed comments on international duty, he said: ”It’s probably a translation thing.

“You never know. Since he came in, he’s been fantastic.

“He’s been good in the changing-room and good on the field.

“He’s seen players come and leave and maybe sees it as his chance to go.”



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