Ronny Deila on whether Celtic will sign a striker, explains Ciftci's situation

Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila is open to signing a new striker this month.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told The Scottish Herald that he would consider signing a striker this month if he can find one to improve his squad.

The Bhoys head into today's game with St. Johnstone having thrashed Hamilton Academical 8-1 at Celtic Park on Tuesday night, with Deila enjoying his biggest win as Celtic boss.

Anyone would think that Celtic don't need a new striker after winning 8-1, but fans are still keen to see one more forward brought in this month.

Star striker Leigh Griffiths continues to find the back of the net, scoring 27 goals in 32 games this season, but the options behind him don't offer supporters much in the way of enthusiasm.

Summer signing Nadir Ciftci hasn't impressed since joining from Dundee United, whilst Carlton Cole merely appears to be a backup option under Deila, and another striker could give Celtic some more firepower.

Manager Deila was asked about the possibility of signing a new centre forward this month, and told The Scottish Herald that whilst he would consider signing a new striker - but it would have to be the right player, given that he already has options in the final third.

Deila also expects big things from Ciftci despite only scoring four goals in 22 games this season, and believes he will settle down eventually.

"It’s about getting the right ones," said Deila. "If they are not then we won’t bring in anyone else. We have three strikers at the club, but if we find someone who we think will make us better and there’s a possibility to do it then we will look at doing it."

"It’s tough when you have one scoring all of the time. Nadir (Ciftci) came in the summer and needs time to adapt, like all of the players coming in, it takes time. He has shown his potential in some games, like Hearts away, but there is a lot more to come from him," he added.

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