Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told the club's official Twitter account that he was satisfied with Dedryck Boyata's competitive debut against Stjarnan, whilst admitting that Nadir Ciftci needs time to get up to full fitness.
The Bhoys kicked off their Champions League qualifying campaign against Icelandic side Stjarnan at Celtic Park, and came away with a 2-0 first leg lead.
Goals from Boyata and midfielder Stefan Johansen handed Deila's men a comfortable win, putting Celtic in the driving seat to progress to the next round.
The game saw Boyata make his first competitive appearance for Celtic since joining from Manchester City earlier this summer, and the Belgian got off to the perfect start by scoring the opening goal.
Meanwhile, striker Ciftci was also making his competitive debut having signed from Dundee United last week, playing 74 minutes before being replaced by Anthony Stokes.
Speaking to the club's official Twitter account after the game, Deila said he was 'very satisfied' with Boyata's display, and admitted that Ciftci was impressive before fitness got the better of him.
RD on debut Bhoys: "Both of them have something to give us. Boyata played very well and scored a goal. I’m very satisfied with him." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) July 15, 2015
RD: "Nadir of course needs time. He has only trained one-and-a-half weeks." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) July 15, 2015
RD: "Nadir was good until he got tired. He needs some playing time and training to get to the level where he needs to be." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) July 15, 2015
Celtic will have wanted their two biggest summer signings to hit the ground running, and they certainly did that tonight against Stjarnan.
Boyata had a dream debut, scoring the opening goal of the game to set them on their way whilst Ciftci was handed a start despite only arriving a week ago.
The Turkish forward will take time to adjust to playing for Celtic, but he turned in a decent display tonight, whilst Boyata will claim all the plaudits - which will surely make manager Deila happy considering how early it is into their Celtic careers.