Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that Nadir Ciftci shouldn’t allow himself to be drawn into verbal battles against teams over the next season.
Ciftci has a reputation as being a temperamental player, but Sutton has urged him to focus more on the opportunity that playing for Celtic and what that represents for the next stage of his career.
“There are question marks over his temperament. He seems to be quite a likeable boy, but you can imagine him going into games and opponents trying to wind him up,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“But if I was him I’d be thinking it’s a wonderful opportunity at Celtic. You can’t take that edge away from his game. Other players need to protect him, too.”
How does Ciftci deal with the issue?
In terms of how Ciftci can deal with the problem of other teams winding him up, he’s got to show a level of maturity and answer in the best possible way, which is with his football.
The best way for any player to deal with opponents trying to get inside his head is to get into good positions and score goals, rather than allow that frustration to boil over, which could leave Celtic with a numerical disadvantage.
Experienced players need to step up
As Sutton suggests, other players need to play a big role in terms of protecting him.
Individuals like manager Ronny Deila and the club’s captain Scott Brown need to sense when to step in and take the pressure away from the player, to prevent him from getting himself into any real trouble.