Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson disagrees with Bhoys fans about Nadir Ciftci

Ex-Celtic defender Mark Wilson has praised striker Nadir Ciftci.

Former Celtic right back Mark Wilson has told The Scottish Sun that he still believes Nadir Ciftci will be a good signing for the club.

Ciftci, 23, joined Celtic from Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee United over the summer, having hit 33 goals in his previous two seasons at Tannadice.

The Turkish forward was seen as a player who could make a real impact in front of goal for Ronny Deila's men, but it's been a slow start to life in Glasgow for Ciftci.

With just two league starts to his name and eight starts in all competitions, Ciftci has been a bit-part player for Celtic, and his cause wasn't helped by the signing of fellow striker Carlton Cole in October.

However, Ciftci showed what he can do on Sunday, scoring twice as Celtic beat St. Johnstone 3-0 in the Scottish Premiership, with first-choice striker Leigh Griffiths currently out injured.

Now, one of Ciftci's former Dundee United team-mates has had his say on him, with ex-Celtic defender Mark Wilson telling The Scottish Sun that he has always had faith in Ciftci's ability.

Wilson has also added that, whilst he has heard plenty from Celtic fans on how they are unsure about Ciftci's ability, he disagrees with them and believes the forward has what it takes to be a star in the famous green and white hoops.

"Nadir came in for stick after the Fenerbahce game last week. It must have been tough for him as he got some criticism for his performance and fans were on his back," said Wilson. "I read various people saying Nadir isn’t Celtic class but I believe he is, so it was great to see him score twice against St Johnstone."

"I played with Nadir at Tannadice, I felt he would be a good signing for Celtic, and I still believe he will be. I hope he does kick on now. We said it a few months ago after he scored the winner against Motherwell, but it never really happened for him. But getting two goals must have been a real confidence boost for Nadir because he will be so eager to take his chances when they come along," he added.

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