Former Celtic player Frank McAvennie has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels it will take Nadir Ciftci a few games to produce his very best for the club.
Ciftci was drafted in by Bhoys boss Ronny Deila to give Celtic’s attack a new dimension ahead of the new season, but McAvennie feels he’s got a little way to go before hr produces his best form.
“I think Ciftci has come in and shown that he has something right away but he is not fit yet,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“He definitely needs some games just to get that wee bit of sharpness.”
“I think it could well be Leigh who gets the nod for Wednesday night but should they make it through the qualifiers then I think it might by Ciftci who is the main striker.”
Difficult situation for Deila
It’s a difficult situation for Deila because the Champions League qualifier against FC Stjarnan is a game where he can’t take any risks.
Celtic have a cushion ahead of the game tomorrow, but the importance of Celtic qualifying for the Champions League is so high, it’s difficult to see anything other than Leigh Griffiths starting.
There are other pre-season games where Ciftci can start and he needs to try and find his best form quickly because he will miss the start of Celtic’s Scottish Premiership defence now only a few weeks away.
The best approach for Ciftci
The best suggested approach for Ciftci is he wants to be Celtic’s main striker for the coming season is to keep his head down and to work hard.
He needs to conduct himself in the right way, approaching his ban in a professional manner and then hit the back of the net with alarming regularity any time he’s given a chance.