Nadir Ciftci comments on playing alongside Leigh Griffiths

Celtic FC

There have been calls for Nadir Ciftci to play alongside Leigh Griffiths.

Griffiths has been in exceptional form this season for Celtic, and Nadir Ciftci has told the Evening Times that he believes there is a way that he can play alongside Ronny Deila’s undoubted first-choice forward.

The Turkish forward said: “I think there is a way that we can both play but of course that is down to the manager. Leigh has been amazing this season. He works hard and he is getting his rewards. It is great for the team that we have someone like that but I think if we could both play together that maybe we would score a lot of goals.”

Griffiths has netted 19 times for the Hoops this season, proving his quality as Deila’s first-choice forward in a 4-2-3-1 system.

Ciftci was bought from Dundee United over the summer to provide competition for Griffiths, but has hardly been given a chance due to the Scottish international’s form in front of goal.

The summer arrival has been limited to just eight league appearances, with only two coming as starts, and this lack of time means he has not be able to prove his quality.

There have been calls for Deila to change his formation to include both Ciftci and Griffiths starting, and the former certainly believes that this two upfront system would work for Celtic.

It would mean that neither forward was left on the bench, and the duo appear to have conflicting traits that would make them a great strike partnership. Ciftci is tall, physical and great at holding up possession, whilst Griffiths is extremely fast, and has a natural finishing gift in front of goal.

The duo are both proven goalscorers in the Scottish Premiership, and Deila would hardly be taking a risk by trying out both forwards at the same time.

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