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CIFTCI JUST NEEDS A GOAL,’ DEILA

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CELTIC boss Ronny Deila believes all Nadir Ciftci needs is a breakthrough goal to get his Hoops career up and running.

The £1.3m signing from Dundee United was again preferred to last season’s top scorer Leigh Griffiths for the second-leg of the Hoops’ Champions League qualifier against Stjarnan on Wednesday night.

Ciftci – who is banned for the first six games of the domestic season – was substituted on his Parkhead debut last week in the 2-0 win over the Icelandic champions.

And the 23-year-old again made way, this time for Tom Rogic, in the 4-1 win which took Deila’s side into the third qualifier with a 6-1 aggregate victory.

Griffiths, who scored a hat-trick in the weekend’s friendly win over Eibar in Spain, came off the bench to grab the third goal.

However, with only two competitive games played, Deila is relaxed about Ciftci and remains positive about his striking options.

The Norwegian said: “We win and lose together as a team. Leigh came on and did well and we won the game.

“Nadir had his chances; he needs to just put the ball into the net now.

“It is important to get the first one and then he will get more.

“It will come. He started training later than the others so he needs a little bit more time than the rest.

“But I have a good problem up front.”

 
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