Leigh Griffiths suggests partnership with Nadir Ciftci could be ideal for Celtic

Celtic FC

Celtic boss Ronny Deila often selects to play with just one striker.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Leigh Griffiths has admitted that he can play up front with Nadir Ciftci, in what could be the ‘ideal pairing’ for Celtic.

The striker said: “Could we play together? I don’t see why not. It’s not often the manager goes with two up front but he’s got attributes I could play off and vice versa. It could be an ideal pairing. The big man likes to hold the ball up and link up with the other players and I like to stretch defenders and go behind. It could be a match made in heaven but we’ll have to wait and see if the gaffer ever uses us as a pair.”

Deila has so far shown no willingness in using two strikers during his time at Celtic Park, with his 4-2-3-1 system relying on a lone forward flanked by three attacking midfielders.

It has brought the Norwegian boss success, although last season he struggled with finding the correct striker to lead his line. Griffiths grew into the role as the season wore on, but he is not a forward suited to a lone striker role.

The Bhoys overcame this issue by bringing in Ciftci this summer, as the Turk is a much more physical striker suited to leading a line by himself. He looks well suited to the formation, but Griffiths believes the duo would work well together.

His suggestion would seemingly be correct, as they possess alternate traits which could prosper alongside one another, and it is strange that Deila does not utilise a 4-4-2 in the Scottish Premiership.

They set up in games which they are going to dominate with a lone striker, and the club could make it easier for themselves by lining up with a strike partnership so as to ensure an attacking threat always remains.

It would be good to see Deila use a strike partnership later this season, with Griffiths and Ciftci looking like a perfect pair, and the change in formation could open up a new realm of possibility for the Bhoys this campaign.

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