Celtic boss Ronny Deila has high praise for Dundee United star Nadir Cifcti

Dundee United Tannadice

The Bhoys were linked with a move for the Turkish attacker in the winter.

At the end of December, Celtic were heavily linked with Dundee United forward Nadir Ciftci.

The Turkish attacker has had an excellent season at Tannadice and the Daily Record reported that Ronny Deila wanted him at Celtic Park.

In the end no deal materialised, although Celtic did agree deals with his team-mates Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven.

Since then plenty has happened regarding the two clubs. They faced off in the League Cup final last weekend, which Celtic won.

Cifcti was not present. He was serving a suspension after being charged with kicking Celtic captain Scott Brown in the head – so signing for Celtic now would certainly be difficult for the boy.

Although, that might not put off Deila. Speaking ahead of yet another meeting between Scotland’s current big two, the Norwegian was full of praise for Ciftci despite his recent indiscretion against his side. Speaking to the official Celtic website he said:

“Ciftci’s a good player, he has presence, he’s quick and strong up front so he gives them something extra and I think United are a better team with him.”

Ciftci had his ban overturned on a tribunal last week and is now set to face off against Celtic in the Scottish Cup replay this evening.

Deila will have to watch him closely on Wednesday. Not just because he might fancy bringing another Terror to Celtic Park. But because if he doesn’t, Ciftci will undoubtedly punish his Celtic side.

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