Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths has described to the Glasgow Evening Times what he sees as the main differences between himself and new arrival Nadir Ciftci.
Griffiths is hopeful that he can strike up a productive partnership with the club’s new attacking signing, which will hopefully give the Bhoys a new dimension as they look to retain their Scottish Premiership title.
One of the main worries for the club’s manager Ronny Deila may have been how the pair would work together and fit into the same team, but Griffiths feels it is possible.
“Nadir has different attributes. He’s a big, strong guy who can hold the ball up well,” Griffiths told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“I like to run in behind defenders and stretch them. I’m hoping we can play together as he’s someone who I can really play off.”
How will Celtic’s attack setup next season?
It would be a surprise if Deila goes into games with two strikers playing in conventional positions.
It would be a surprise because it would mean breaking up the trio of Scott Brown, Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen who were so effective in attack for the club last season.
If Griffiths and Ciftci are going to fit into the same team, it may be the case that Griffiths has to start in a wider role, drifting in centrally when the full-back can get forward in games where the Bhoys are on top.
Griffiths would certainly benefit in situations where he enjoys a little more space because he was always under pressure last season to get on top of the opposition defence to push them back towards their own goal.
Ciftci’s presence as more of a subtle target man will allow Griffiths to develop some extra tricks and it’s difficult to see a downside of them playing together.