Quick links

Celtic

Ciftci explains the simple message his agent gave him about Celtic

Celtic FC Stands 1

Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci has explained what his agent, former Bhoys striker Pierre van Hooijdonk, told him about Parkhead.

Former Celtic striker and current agent of Nadir Ciftci Pierre van Hooijdonk, stressed a message to his client before his move to Parkhead, as covered by the Glasgow Evening Times.

Ciftci has now completed his move from Dundee United to Celtic, to give Bhoys boss Ronny Deila a new attacking option as the Norwegian looks to build on the domestic treble he enjoyed at the club last season.

Van Hooijdonk doesn’t appear to have gone into specifics when he spoke to the player before his move, simply reminding him of the pressure and weight of expectation that he’s letting himself in for.

“He has told me all about what a big club this is but I already knew that even before I came to Scotland,” Ciftci told the Glasgow Evening Times.

“I’ve played against them for the past two years so I know they are big and I know more about how big a club it is when I play for them.”

How will Celtic be different for Ciftci?

It’s going to be very different for Ciftci because the exposure to criticism for the player is going to be much higher.

If he has a poor run of games and makes mistakes in the Celtic attack, the fans may start to get on his back and he will get more back page space with regards to the media.

If he is forced to endure those difficult spells then he has to stay professional and back his manager to step in and offer him some protection at times when the boss feels he needs it.

It’s also going to be more difficult for him to hold down his first team place and his first massive challenge is going to be getting above Leigh Griffiths in the pecking order, who was the club’s top scorer last season.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch