Nadir Ciftci feels Celtic are back where they belong after win

Nadir Ciftci's goal was his second since his summer move from Dundee United
Image: Nadir Ciftci's goal at Motherwell was his second since his summer move from Dundee United

Nadir Ciftci believes his goal allowed Celtic to take their rightful place at the top of the Scottish Premiership after they won at Motherwell on Saturday.

The forward's first-half strike was enough to separate the sides and deny new Fir Park boss Mark McGhee a positive result in his first game in charge.

Celtic moved two points clear at the summit after Aberdeen recorded their fourth successive defeat in all competitions with a 2-0 reverse at Ross County on Friday.

That means their spell at the head of the standings is over - and Ciftci thinks normal service has now resumed.

He said: "I'm happy we got the win, that was important. We saw that Aberdeen lost points so it is good to get to the top of the table.

"With the squad we've got here, we should be at the top of the table anyway. That's what we're concentrating on. Getting a goal is a bonus but the most important thing was to get the points

"We should have scored more goals. But it was a good performance from the boys and we're happy we got the three points."

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Image: Ciftci's first-half goal sent Celtic back to the top of the Scottish Premiership

Ciftci might have got a second after the break had Motherwell defender Kieran Kennedy not handled a Commons header back across goal.

Referee Alan Muir also decided to take no action before that when Celtic captain Scott Brown went down in the box under a challenge from Kennedy.

"It happened right in front of my eyes - he took it away with his hand," Ciftci added. "It was a clear handball but we didn't get it and had to get on with it. We should have had more goals before that anyway." 

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