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Hay suggests Ciftci doesn't have to change at Celtic

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Former Celtic player and manager Davie Hay has suggested Nadir Ciftci has to work hard to be considered a brilliant striker for the Bhoys.

Former Celtic player and manager Davie Hay told the Glasgow Evening Times that he doesn’t think Nadir Ciftci should change the way he plays at the club.

Ciftci gives Celtic boss Ronny Deila a different option in attack for next season, with plenty of fans likely to have one or two worries over his mentality and temperament.

However, the ex-Bhoys boss has suggested that there is no fundamental need for Ciftci to change what he’s about from a playing sense.

“Ciftci has to continue being a physical centre-forward, a player who can lead the line and give opposition defenders nightmares,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.

“He should be able to do that and keep away from bother. I’ve heard it said that the lad can be lazy, a bit moody and on his day brilliant. Well, I wouldn’t say brilliant. Not yet.”

Just what Celtic need

Ever since the double of last season, Deila would have been thinking about ways he can get his side fired up ahead of the new campaign.

It’s important that he gives Celtic a different edge and dimension and the gutsy way that Ciftci plays in attack, contrasts the other options the club already have.

He can effectively let Ciftci off the leash in attack, enabling him to really get at the opposition to give them plenty of headaches.

Trust from Deila

Deila has to trust the player to behave himself and to not do anything which jeopardises Celtic’s chances of winning a game or sees him become unavailable for selection.

The boss also has to trust the experienced players in his dressing room to step forward and take care of the player, stepping in if they can see the frustration boiling over.

It’s certainly an exciting move and it will certainly be interesting to see how Ciftci approaches life at the club.

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