Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels Nadir Ciftci has the maturity to bring out his best qualities at the club.
Ciftci arguably has a rough reputation for the way he carries himself around a football pitch, with Deila holding no doubt over his potential and his ability to apply himself effectively at Parkhead over the next ten to eleven months.
“We have seen him often enough to know that he is a big, powerful player and he is a handful for any central defence. He is so difficult to play against,” Deila told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“He is still a young player and he will mature. He is a good player, but we know that he can get even better if he does the right things and plays the game the right way on and off the pitch at Celtic.”
A case of management
Getting the best out of Ciftci for Celtic comes down to a case of man management with the player.
It’s important that Deila is present, ensuring that the player buys into the mentality of the football club and the commitment and effort levels which the manager demands.
Deila will have a key role to play in ensuring that Ciftci doesn’t let his frustrations get the better of him because one way that opposition sides will look to deal with him, is by getting beneath his skin regularly.
The key and experienced players that Celtic have out on the pitch also have a responsibility to come forward and make sure that he’s showing his maturity on the pitch.
Someone like Scott Brown will be vital in terms of leadership while Leigh Griffiths has a responsibility to really challenge the player, in terms of competition for places in attack.
If he’s managed well, he could be a truly special player for the club.