The 23-year-old was instrumental in the Bhoys’ victory over St Johnstone at the weekend.

Nadir Ciftci has explained that pressure is not something a player can escape when he plays for a club like Celtic, The Scottish Sun reports.

The 23-year-old had struggled to make an impact since his summer move to Parkhead, with just two goals coming in his first 18 games in all competitions for the club. However, he gave fans a much clearer glimpse of what he is capable of with a brace during a 3-0 victory over St Johnstone. 

But he rejected the notion that his two goals on Sunday would have released some of the pressure from his shoulders (via The Scottish Sun).

“There is always pressure at this club,” he said. “That will never ever go away on a Saturday, or on a Thursday for a Europa League game or a Champions League tie.”

“The pressure will never ease off. You have to just deal with it and be able to give everything you have. You can’t do more than that,” he added.

With Ronny Deila frequently opting for just the single striker, Ciftci has often been forced to watch from the sidelines due to the lethal form of Leigh Griffiths. However, he explained that his teammate’s form is motivating him to improve, so he gives his manager some difficult decisions to make in the coming weeks. 

“If you want to be a great player, a good player, there will always be competition,” he insisted.

“If you want to make steps at a big club like Celtic you won’t be the only player in one position.

“There will always be a lot of players for one position and everybody will fight.”

With Celtic’s European journey over for another season, the former Dundee United striker would have been aware that his opportunities would continue to be limited if he failed to start proving that he can be as ruthless in front of goal as Griffiths, who already has 14 strikes to his name in the top flight this season.

But his double against St Johnstone will give Deila the confidence to know that should his top goalscorer struggle for form at any stage, he can turn to Ciftci to help keep the club on the path to another Premiership title. 

 

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