'How big the jump is' - Hay delivers verdict on recent Celtic departures
Former Celtic boss Davie Hay believes the recent departures of Erik Sviatcheno and Nadir Citfci from the Hoops are the best moves for both the players and the club.
Sviatchenko returned to Denmark to sign for FC Midtjylland, whilst CIftci has been given a free transfer by the Bhoys.
With neither player likely to feature in the future, Hay has commended the Hoops for the decision to let the duo leave.
“To be honest, I think it is probably the best thing for both parties” Hay said, writing in his column in the Evening Times.
“Sviatchenko was a lad who gave his all for the club and there is a level of affection there for him because I think he got the culture of Celtic and had a good feel for the place.
“Ciftci’s case is a bit different because it was one of those where it just didn’t work out for him. There is an element of risk in every transfer but it does underline just how big the jump is when you go to Celtic.”
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Neither player had a future with the Hoops, so as Davie Hay says it was the right thing to do to let the duo leave the club. Perhaps the most interesting part of Hay’s comments deal with Ciftci, and the ability to do well with the Hoops are starring at another Scottish Premiership club. There is always a danger in buying players who have done well against the Hoops, like Ciftci did for Dundee United. There is, as Hay recognises, a massive difference in being able to perform on a one-off basis against the Hoops, and playing well every week for the Hoops. That possibly explains why signings from other teams in the league have proved to be so hit and miss in recent years for the Bhoys. Brendan Rodgers is better off sticking to players that haven’t previously played in Scotland, for the element of surprise as much as anything else.
In other Celtic news, Hay claims that Moussa Dembele should stay with the Hoops for another season