Former Celtic player and manager Davie Hay told the Glasgow Evening Times that he’s unsure whether striker Nadir Ciftci should play at home and away in the Champions League.
Ciftci struggled earlier this week in the second leg Champions League qualifier against Qarabag, but worked hard throughout the game with the sort of discipline and attitude that Hay feels will be useful away from home in Europe.
“The only real question mark for me is whether or not Deila plays Nadir Ciftci home and away,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“Ciftci is still finding his feet at the club and there is no question he was isolated at times in Azerbaijan, but he will improve as he gets up to speed.”
“I really think that he is suited to away games in Europe.”
A difficult situation for Ciftci
It’s a difficult situation for Ciftci because his ban in domestic Scottish football means he doesn’t have a platform he can use to build up his confidence.
However, as long as he works hard in training and gives everything in the chances he is given, regardless of whether he’s struggling and isolated, he will retain his popularity with the dressing room and the fans.
Celtic have one tie to go before they can officially be confirmed into the Champions League group stage and Ciftci definitely has a role to play across all competitions for the team over the next year.
He needs to stay proactive and look for ways that he can chip away, improving his confidence as he gets up to speed with what it means to play for Celtic.