Ciftci arrived at Celtic over the summer from Dundee United, but has found breaking into the first-team hard, and he has spoken about his playing situation in an interview with the Evening Times.
When asked if he is happy with his playing situation, Ciftci said: “I want to play, everyone does, but whether I start the game or whether I come on I am ready to give everything to help us try and win this game. I came here because I want to play in big nights like this [in Europe]. But I understand why I might have to start on the bench. Leigh has been very good this season and last season.”
After signing for the Bhoys, Ciftci had a solid start to his career at Parkhead, playing all six of Celtic’s qualification games for the Champions League, but he was not able to make his league debut until the middle of September due to a six game suspension he had to serve.
The Turkish forward has since played four league games - but only starting one game - and he has yet to play a single game in the Europa League, playing back-up to Leigh Griffiths - who is in great form.
So far, Ciftci has played 11 games, scoring two goals, and his situation at Parkhead is very different to what he went through with Dundee United, where he was undoubted first-choice striker.
Ciftci has admitted that he wants to be playing more, as any player does, but he does understand that displacing Griffiths will be a challenge considering the form the Scottish international has shown this term.
Griffiths, who has has 12 goals in 19 games, is undoubted first-choice striker in Ronny Deila’s 4-2-3-1 system, and Ciftci will be hoping to take his chance when ever given to him, and look to become the first name Deila calls upon to lead the line.