Celtic captain Scott Brown plays down rift with Nadir Ciftci amid recent controversy

Celtic captain Scott Brown has laughed off his recent feud with Nadir Ciftci.

Celtic skipper Scott Brown has told The Scottish Sun that he is happy to be playing alongside new signing Nadir Ciftci - despite recent bad blood between the duo.

Ciftci, 23, completed a protracted move to Celtic last week, leaving rivals Dundee United after smashing 33 goals in two seasons for the Terrors.

The Turkish forward is known for being something of a hothead on the pitch - and, unsurprisingly, he came to blows with the most volatile character in Scottish football.

During a cup tie in March, Ciftci was involved in an incident with Celtic captain Brown, who promptly told the BBC that Ciftci kicked him in the head.

Now, the duo have to put that bad blood behind them ahead of the new season - and Brown has told The Scottish Sun that the rift between the two has been forgotten, even suggesting that the only reason they clashed was because he respected Ciftci's ability.

"He’s come in and the lads have had a good bit of banter with me and him," said Brown. "It’s been good and you have a lot of respect for good players — and he is a good player. But I think I’ve had a run in with every player in this league, so until we sign them all it’s not going to stop!"

"But you do have run-ins with people like that because they are top players and you try to stop them getting into their stride. He’s a good player and we’re just glad we’ve got him on board," he added.

Controlling tempers

All fans love to see their players display passion on the field, but Celtic manager Ronny Deila will be hoping Brown and Ciftci can keep their famous tempers under control next season.

The last thing Celtic need is to have players miss considerable playing time due to suspensions - with Ciftci already under investigation by the SFA for allegedly biting an opponent last season, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Deila will no doubt have considered this when he chose to bring Ciftci to Celtic, but he will be praying that the pair don't get themselves in trouble with opponents during the upcoming campaign.

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