Ronny Deila hails new Celtic star Nadir Ciftci

Celtic star Nadir Ciftci

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Celtic boss Ronny Deila has praised the impact of new striker Nadir Ciftci after his helping hand in their 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.

The Bhoys narrowly beat David Moyes’ side on Friday evening thanks to a superb second-half strike by Gary Mackay-Steven which came courtesy of a fine assist from Ciftci.

The 23-year-old striker, who joined from Dundee United earlier in the week, showed superb footwork before finding former Tanandice team-mate Mackay-Steven who rifled in the winning goal with 20 minutes left.

His performance certainly caught the eye of Deila who is delighted to have signed the Turkish striker after he turned down a move to Wigan in order to join Celtic.

“I’m very happy to get him in. He showed today what he can add to the team, he’s a good football player and he’s going to be an important player for us,” Deila told Sky Sports News.

“It’s going to make us even stronger. We have things we can do from the bench and we have a strong squad and everyone is looking forward to the games.

“Offensively we started without confidence but we grew throughout the game and in the end we created the chances we needed to win. So I’m happy with the performance.”

Ciftci is the fourth summer signing for the Hoops after the club previously tied up deals for Manchester City centre-back Dedryck Boyata, Manchester United full-back Saidy Janko and Belgian goalkeeper Logan Bailly from OH Leuven.

Celtic are the clear favourites to win the Scottish Premiership next season and are priced at 1.03.

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