Deila 'very happy' after completing Nadir Ciftci transfer, admits player will be 'important'

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Celtic boss Ronny Deila has commented after signing Nadir Ciftci.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the club's official Twitter account that he is 'very happy' to have completed the signing of striker Nadir Ciftci.

Ciftci, 23, hit 33 goals in the last two seasons for Dundee United, but made his intentions clear by rejecting a new contract at Tannadice, eventually joining Celtic on a four-year contract on Thursday.

The Turkish forward now arrives to replace outgoing loanee John Guidetti, and he even made his debut for the Bhoys in a pre-season friendly against Real Sociedad.

Ciftci impressed in a cameo against David Moyes' men, setting up Gary Mackay-Steven for the winning goal in a 1-0 victory for Deila's men.

After the game, Deila spoke to Celtic's official Twitter account, and admitted that Ciftci will be an important player having shown his quality against Real Sociedad.

Ciftci v Griffiths

Ciftci's arrival gives Celtic another striking option, and his proven record in Scottish football is a major boost for Celtic, who will of course be favourites for the title once again.

However, Deila will have a big decision to make over who his first choice striker is. Last season, Leigh Griffiths emerged as Celtic's best striker, ending the campaign as top goalscorer.

Now, though, Ciftci's ability to play as a lone striker with his combination of pace and power could make him the first choice under Deila, who usually plays a 4-2-3-1 system.

Both players will play on a regular basis, but it would be little surprise to see Deila go with Ciftci in big games - if the striker can curb his notorious temper.

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