Deila said: “Yes, he is ready for this level. You can see that in training that he has the quality. He showed that also when he went on against Real Sociedad, a European opponent. He adds something to the team. Of course there are going to be ups and downs with him, like everybody else, but he has shown that he has the level needed and we trust him.”
This is a promising assessment of Ciftci, with the position of striker being a troublesome one for Celtic under Deila.
Leigh Griffiths and John Guidetti spent the majority of the 2014/15 season alternating between the main striking role, with Griffiths really coming into his own towards the end of the campaign.
Between them, they netted 22 goals in the Premiership last term, whilst Ciftci registered 14 goals in 36 games by himself. He is a strong presence in the front line, and suits the lone striker role far better than Griffiths does.
Deila has no doubts about his quality, and believes he is already good enough to start turning out for the Bhoys.
He will face a step up in quality with the club, with Champions League action to play, but he will also be playing alongside better players than those he was with at Dundee United.
So Ciftci may be coming up against better defenders and goalkeepers, but he is sure to also be set up with more chances, and chances of a better quality than he was last season.
Celtic made a wise move in signing Ciftci, and the 23-year-old forward could truly develop into a top class forward whilst turning out at Parkhead.