Ronny Deila has told the Daily Record that he is happy with the progress Nadir Ciftci has made at Celtic since signing over the summer.
Ciftci has been at the centre of the media spotlight this week, after a bust-up in training with Emilio Izaguirre.
However, Deila is keen to put that dispute to one side, and insists that he is delighted at how Ciftci has developed at Parkhead.
“We’re happy with how he is doing," the Norwegian boss insisted.
“He is a very emotional guy and that’s fantastic, that’s why he’s a good football player.
“And it’s not only him. A lot of players here have pride and commitment in the game and I think Nadir has really, really gotten better on the pitch.
“He works much harder and he’s been very disciplined on the pitch as well.
"I think he has gone in a very good direction since he came here.”
Celtic signed Ciftci from Dundee United in the most recent transfer window, and it seems that he is taking some time to adapt to his new surroundings.
The Dutch forward was a vibrant talent for Dundee United last season, but he is yet to produce his best form for the Bhoys.
Ciftci has generally been used a substitute by Deila so far, and he has scored just two goals in his 12 appearances for his new club.
The 23-year-old will be keen to prove his worth over the coming weeks, though, with his next chance to impress likely to come later this evening, when Celtic take on Hearts in the League Cup.