Chris Sutton says he constantly clashed with Balde and Tebily in Celtic training

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The former Celtic striker has been discussing reports of a recent bust-up in Celtic training once more.

Ex-Celtic man Chris Sutton has once again defended the reported training-ground bust-up between Nadir Ciftci and Emilio Izaguirre, according to his regular column in the Daily Record.

Sutton feels the duo showed the passion and desire needed when clashing in training and has refuted any criticism of the Bhoys pair.

And he has revealed he used to have similar clashes - though never full-on fights - in practice with Bobo Balde and Olivier Tebily.

The ex-Celtic striker told the Record ahead of the Scottish champions' Saturday game: "Looking back, I can’t say I was ever involved in an actual full-on fight when I was at Celtic.

"But there was more than one occasion when things got tasty and you had to be pulled apart.

"I had some tussles with big Bobo Balde during training. He’d be all over you like a rash, clambering around and you would sling out an arm and catch him now and again.

"Olivier Tebily was another one in training. He would keep nipping at you, trying to get in front and you would lose the rag with him sometimes."

Ciftci and Izaguirre were left on the bench during Celtic's 3-1 win over Aberdeen and, on current form, they certainly wouldn't be the first names on any Ronny Deila team sheet.

Ciftci will be needed and can still prove vital for the Bhoys if he can step up his game consistently.

But Izaguirre faces pressure from 18-year-old Kieran Tierney at left-back, with the teenager looking a far superior choice to the Honduran as things stand.

Celtic are now seven points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership - and sit six above second-placed Hearts.

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