Hartson explains why he's unconcerned by Ciftci's quiet performance against Qarabag

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Former Celtic striker John Hartson has backed the club's new forward Nadir Ciftci.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times supporting forward Nadir Ciftci after a difficult performance against Qarabag last night.

Ciftci wasn’t able to get himself on the score sheet despite some hard work from the Bhoys midfield, but Hartson has stood by the player, suggesting that as long as he’s offered support, he’ll come good at some point in the near future.

“I think I went five or six games [without scoring], but a couple of them were off the bench. It is a difficult role to play,” Hartson told the Glasgow Evening Times.

“If you have got support and you are on top in the game, it is a good position to be in.”

“He was isolated at times, but I thought his effort and his commitment was there for everyone to see.”

An unfortunate situation for Ciftci

Ciftci finds himself in an unfortunate situation because he’s not able to release any frustration from his performance last night in the Scottish Premiership.

He’s banned for another five games after biting an opponent last season, which means that he’s only got European football to focus on for the immediate future.

When things don’t go well for him, he doesn’t have an immediate release and therefore it’s important, as Hartson suggests, that he benefits from support levels at all areas of the football club.

It was always going to be difficult for him to get himself ahead of Leigh Griffiths in the pecking order at Parkhead, but as long as he stays focused and looks forward, he will eventually enjoy a higher ratio of matches which should help him to improve his sharpness.

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