Deila responds to claims that Celtic summer signing Nadir Ciftci isn't good enough

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila remains confident in Nadir Ciftci's ability.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that it's too early for people to say that striker Nadir Ciftci isn't good enough.

Ciftci, 23, joined the Bhoys from Dundee United earlier this summer, having smashed 33 goals in all competitions for the Terrors during two years at Tannadice.

The Turkish forward is seen as the man who can score regularly for Celtic, but he has endured a tough start to life in Glasgow.

With no goals in six European games, Ciftci has yet to get off the mark for Celtic, and his six-game ban in the league for biting an opposing player during his time at Dundee United means that he has been limited in his opportunities so far.

Already, Celtic fans have been suggesting that Ciftci may not be good enough to help take the club to the next level, even so early into his career under Deila.

Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, manager Deila said that Ciftci's best times at Celtic are ahead of him - and refuted claims that the striker simply isn't good enough to play for Celtic.

"He will be available for us when everyone is back," said Deila. "He needs games. He has trained well but he needs to play. With every player it takes time to adapt to what we are doing and they need to get on the pitch."

"We know his qualities and we believe that he can make us better. I still think that. It is too early for people to say that he is not good enough – he needs time to settle here and get used to the way we play. Over the next few weeks we will get to see the true picture," he added.

With Stefan Scepovic leaving Celtic Park for Getafe on deadline day, and no other strikers brought in, Ciftci appears to be in a straight battle with Leigh Griffiths for playing time up front.

Ciftci has a proven record in Scotland, and with very specific methods under Deila - such as a high pressing game - Ciftci may just need time to settle before fans can decide whether he is good enough or not.

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