Celtic midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven has explained to the Glasgow Evening Times why he enjoys playing alongside striker Nadir Ciftci.
Ciftci has already made his debut for the Bhoys, with Mackay-Steven well placed to offer advice over his personality and what he offers, from his days playing for Dundee United.
Mackay-Steven has also suggested that he can be a good source of support for Ciftci as he settles in and adapts to the pressure of representing such as a massive club, because he’s been in a similar position.
“I like playing with him because he just brings so much. He is clever, he is skilful, he is quick with the ball at his feet and he can see a pass that often others can’t,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“I know what it is like to come in and be the new lad in the changing room and if I can help him settle in any way I will, but to be honest he is the kind of character who is so upbeat all the time that he will fit in quickly, I think.”
Time to talk about his game, not his past
There is an argument which suggests that Ciftci is a gamble for Ronny Deila because he’s proven to have a difficult temper, which has got him into trouble over an extended period of time.
However, Mackay-Steven is right to suggest that it’s more important to focus on the difference he can make for the Bhoys as a player, rather than how he may negatively affect them.
What it boils down to for Deila, is the fact that he’s got a very talented forward at his disposal and someone who will likely make the difference in some big games over the next ten months, working well alongside the proven experience of Leigh Griffiths.