Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham has announced his departure and thanked the fans for their support in his time at the club.

The Frenchman joined from Manchester City in the summer of 2017, helping the Parkhead club to three league titles in a row.

Things soon took a turn for the worse though as in the summer of 2019 he gave an interview to L'Équipe in which he expressed his desire to leave.

A potential £14 million move to Porto failed to materialise and Ntcham was reintegrated into the squad, famously scoring a late winner away to Lazio in the Europa League.

Overall though he failed to convince Neil Lennon and in January he joined Marseille on loan with an option to buy.

That move was received so poorly by manager Andre Villas-Boas that he resigned the following day, while an old interview in which Ntcham declared his love for arch-rivals Paris Saint-Germain meant getting the fans onside was difficult.

He was hooked at half-time in a Coupe de France defeat to Canet-et-Roussillon, and barely featured under AVB's successor Jorge Sampaoli.

OM decided not to take up their option to buy, but Ntcham was at the Stade Velodrome for their friendly with Villarreal on Saturday - as his Celtic team-mates took on Hearts.

And the midfielder has now announced his departure from the club, with no confirmation of where his next destination will be.

Ntcham wrote on Instagram, accompanied by a picture of that Lazio game: "I would like to thank everyone at Celtic for the 3 years in half (sic) l was there.

Thanks to all the coaching, the staff, the players and everyone working at the club.

"Finally, I would like to thank the loyal supporters who have always supported us.

"I wish you all the best for the future."

AEK Athens have been heavily linked with a move for Ntcham, while there was also speculation Celtic could come to an agreement to write off the final year of his contract.

And it appears that may well be the case as the club released a short statement of their own.

It confirmed: "The club can confirm that Olivier Ntcham’s contract with Celtic FC has come to an end.

"Everyone at the club wishes Oli nothing but success for the future."