Celtic assistant manager John Collins comments on Nadir Ciftci’s suspension

Nadir Ciftci will miss the start of the domestic campaign with Celtic.

Ciftci has been handed a six-game ban by the Scottish FA due to a biting incident at the end of last season, and John Collins has told the official Celtic website that there is a positive to his ban.

Collins said: “We’re disappointed for Nadir and ourselves but the decision is made and we’ll just have to move on and wait on him coming back. He won’t be available in the early league games but he will be fresh for the European games so for every negative there’s a positive.”

Ciftci is not available for domestic action, but Collins is glad that he can still play in Europe - and is hoping he will actually be fresher for those games.

The former Dundee United striker will have his league debut delayed, but the Bhoys are already playing Champions League football, and Cifcti is expected to continue featuring in qualification rounds before the start of the competition proper.

He could even be featuring in the group stages of the Champions League - if Celtic get there - before he has played Scottish football for his new club.

The Bhoys management team will be talking to Ciftci to prevent him repeating his actions in a Hoops’ shirt, but for all the negatives surrounding his suspension, Collins has found a surprising positive that could benefit Celtic in their attempts to progress in Europe.

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