Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times that he has to change the club’s style of player, if he decides to go with two strikers up front this season.
Deila has a difficult situation to judge over the coming months in terms of the potential partnership between new signing Nadir Ciftci and established striker Leigh Griffiths.
He’ll be forced to base the team around Leigh Griffiths initially because of Ciftci’s ban, but has admitted the team would need to adapt if he wants to keep the top scorer from last season in the same side as the new signing.
“If we were to go with two up top, the strikers would need to be very strong at holding the ball up,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“It is a little bit of a different way of playing, but it is something we are thinking of and working on because it can be good to play differently as well.”
There’s no reason they can’t play together
It is possible for Deila to play Griffiths and Ciftci next to each other in Celtic’s attack, without having to break up the impressive midfield trio of Scott Brown, Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen.
Ciftci could be used as the player to stay through the middle, getting at the opposition defence and really trying to get beneath their skin.
Griffiths could then be used in a slightly wider and deeper role, playing on the shoulder of the defence when Celtic are really on top in games, controlling possession and pressing effectively.
All Griffiths can do for the time being is focus on being the sole striker and backing up the impressive form he showed last season.