Van Hooijdonk slams former club Celtic over Nadir Ciftci's situation, pleads with Deila

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Pierre van Hooijdonk wants Nadir Ciftci to play a bigger role at Celtic.

Nadir Ciftci's agent, Pierre van Hooijdonk, has told The Herald that he is concerned about the striker's situation with Celtic.

Ciftci, 23, joined the Bhoys from Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee United, having smashed 33 goals in two seasons for the Terrors, and was seen as a regular goalscorer after the departure of John Guidetti.

However, the Turkish striker has been a bit-part figure under Ronny Deila so far, scoring just twice in 17 games for Celtic as Leigh Griffiths has cemented himself as the club's leading goalscorer.

Ciftci's move to Celtic Park certainly hasn't gone to plan so far, and now his agent has given his opinion on the situation in Glasgow.

Pierre van Hooijdonk, who hit 56 goals in 92 games for Celtic as a player during the mid-1990's, helped Ciftci follow in his footsteps by facilitating that summer transfer as the player's agent.

Now though, the Dutchman has told The Herald that he is concerned about Ciftci's status at Celtic, having mostly been on the bench so far this season.

Van Hooijdonk also stated that he wants to see Ciftci and Griffiths have a chance to play up front together, and pleaded with manager Deila to give the pair a chance to strike up a partnership.

"I realised from the beginning it was going to be difficult because of the suspension," said Van Hooijdonk. "He only played in the preliminary round of the Champions League and some friendly games. The thing is the coach sees him as a number nine and then he has to compete with a real number nine in Leigh Griffiths. I’ve said before I think they are two completely different strikers."

"Leigh is more a poacher and a goalscorer than Nadir is. Nadir has other attributes of the game. He can hold up the ball a bit better, his link up play is better. You also need to realise at Dundee United Jackie McNamara let him play from the left side. In that role I haven’t seen him yet. At Celtic he just seems to play number nine or sit on the bench. I said when Nadir signed, looking at the qualities of both players – not just the qualities they have but the qualities they don’t have – they would be the perfect combination," he added.

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