Nadir Ciftci heaps praise on Emilio Izaguirre

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The Celtic star dealt with tragic circumstances and put in a good performance against St Johnstone.

Celtic forward Nadir Ciftci has paid tribute to Emilio Izaguirre after his performance against St Johnstone on Sunday afternoon, according to the club's official website.

The Bhoys were 3-0 winners in the Scottish Premiership but Izaguirre was in a difficult place following the death of countryman and friend Arnold Peralta.

Despite his grief, however, Izaguirre featured for Celtic against St Johnstone and turned in a very good display under the circumstances.

Ciftci is quoted as saying by the Celtic site: "It’s always sad to lose a friend or a team-mate. It’s not easy but Emilio dealt with it professionally and he dealt with it very well.

"It says a lot about him and it’s all about professionalism. What happens outside football in your private life is different from when you get on the pitch. You need to deliver and I think he’s done very well."

Izaguirre's form came under fire from a lot of Celtic fans at the start of the current season but the 29-year-old has improved of late.

All credit to him for playing on Sunday and playing well as the Bhoys returned to winning ways after another failure to pick up all three points in the Europa League.

With no more European distraction (although it is always a welcome distraction), Celtic can now concentrate on succeeding domestically.

Next up for Ronny Deila's side is a home clash against Motherwell, before a trip to Hearts. The Hoops then round off their 2015 with a trip to Dundee.

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