Celtic manager Ronny Deila has played down the idea of striker Nadir Ciftci being a challenge for him and the club, with comments covered by the Glasgow Evening Times.
The dust has settled on Ciftci’s move to Parkhead, but the Norwegian will be without the player for the first six games of the new Scottish Premiership season after biting an opponent in the Dundee derby last year.
That provides an insight into the sort of temper the player possesses, but Deila certainly isn’t predicting any problems in the near future.
“There is a thin line between being aggressive and going over the line. He is still young and it’s very important that all the players at Celtic show aggression,” Deila is quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
“Nadir is not a challenge. Outside the pitch he is very nice. On the pitch, he is also good in my opinion. I don’t think there will be any problems.”
Deila should create confidence
Deila should have helped to create a little bit of confidence for the player, that he’s got the full backing of the manager despite the fact he won’t start the new domestic season with everyone else.
It could be very easy for a manager to take a swipe at a new signing who he doesn’t know particularly well for creating an arguable disadvantage for his new team.
However, there’s little sense in that approach because Deila knows there is going to come a time in the season when he needs Ciftci as an attacking option.
Challenge facing Ciftci
The challenge facing Ciftci is how he gets into the team once his ban is over because someone like Leigh Griffiths now has a clear shot at making the central striker position his own.
If he excels over the six games that Ciftci is banned for, it becomes automatically more difficult for the new signing to grab the attention.