Former Premier League manager Neil Warnock suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that the severity of Nadir Ciftci’s ban would have been a surprise to Celtic followers in Scotland.
The BBC was among the sources to report the news that Celtic’s new striker will miss the first six games of the Scottish Premiership season after being punished for biting an opponent last season as a Dundee United player.
Warnock feels that everyone connected to the Bhoys would have been anticipating some punishment from officials and they will now have to deal with the blow they have been handed.
“I’ve been up in Scotland over the last few weeks and everyone knew that it was going to happen,” he told talkSPORT.
“It’s just they may have thought they’d get away with a couple of games banned, but six is a bit of a blow to them.”
Is six games harsh?
Biting an opponent in any game is something that no player should ever consider doing for this very reason; the resulting punishment.
Throwbacks have been created to the Luis Suarez situation when the striker was banned for eight games as a Liverpool player, which caused his team to suffer as a direct result during that period.
Six games may seem excessive but the good news for Celtic is that they have a player who can help the side cope easily in the form of Leigh Griffiths.
Griffiths was Celtic’s top scorer last season and will be looking to get Ronny Deila’s men off to a great start, before Ciftci returns at a later date to provide a fresh attacking option.