Chris Sutton explains why Nadir Ciftci should start on Wednesday

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Celtic will feature in a Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.

Chris Sutton has explained in The Daily Record why Nadir Ciftci should start instead of Leigh Griffiths for Celtic against FK Qarabag on Wednesday.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic will take on Qarabag in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

The first leg of the tie will be played at Celtic Park on Wednesday, a game which the Bhoys need to win by a comfortable margin.

Any slip-up in Glasgow could dash the Hoops’ hopes of making it through to the group stage of the 2015-16 Champions League campaign.

Former Celtic star Sutton believes that manager Ronny Deila should opt to start summer signing Ciftci instead of fellow striker Griffiths for the first leg.

“Well, if Celtic are going to dominate the ball and Qarabag sit deep, you need a foil to hold it in and bring others into the game,” Sutton wrote in The Daily Record. “Ciftci is a better bet for that.”

“Griffiths would probably be better in the second leg if Qarabag are behind in the tie and chasing a result at home, leaving spaces,” added the former Celtic striker.

“He can exploit that where Ciftci wouldn’t. But at Celtic Park, I’d go for Ciftci and the key is that runners and bodies get closer to him.”

This will indeed be a key decision for Deila: whether to play Ciftci or Griffiths. Perhaps the Norwegian could even play both together.

Maybe Griffiths should be given the nod. The Scotland international has been playing for Celtic for some time and has more experience with the team, while Ciftci joined the Bhoys earlier this month.

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