Nick Hammond was reportedly the man behind Celtic’s decision to block an exit for Olivier Ntcham in January.

The Frenchman had been linked with a move away amid interest in Valencia, AS Roma and Sporting Lisbon, but reports emerged on Thursday suggesting that Celtic would not accept any offers for Ntcham next month.

And according to Football Insider, a “Celtic source” has revealed that it was Hammond who told Ntcham’s representatives in a meeting that the midfielder would not be sold.

The report also suggests that the £10million+ rated Ntcham is seen as an important player by Neil Lennon as Celtic push for domestic and European success.

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Hammond’s decision emphasises the important role he has undertaken at the club as Celtic’s head of football operations.

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He did an excellent job during the summer recruiting the likes of Hatem Abd Elhamed, Jeremie Frimpong and Mohamed Elyounoussi to name a few.

And many will now be keen to see how he does in the January window.