Confirmed: 25-year-old striker jets into Celtic
By Matt Bullin
Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci has returned to Parkhead after injury ended his loan spell at Pogon Szczecin.
The Turkish striker played four times for Brendan Rodgers side at the beginning of the year, but after failing to score and impress he was shipped off to Poland on loan.
The 25-year-old failed to score in eight league games for Polish outfit, Szczecin, and has been sent back to Glasgow after picking up an ankle injury.
Szczecin manager Kazimierz Moskalleft told the Scottish Sun: “Nadir Ciftci has returned to Glasgow to get treatment on an ankle injury.
“At this stage of the season, his presence for the remaining games is unnecessary.”
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The striker still has two years left on his four year deal which he signed after making a £1.5million move from Dundee in 2015.
He spent the majority of last season on loan too, at Turkish side Eskisehirspor but that move failed to work out for Ciftci too as he was sent off in just his second game for verbally abusing the referee.
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The seven-time Turkey Under-19 international has seen his career stall since moving to Celtic, but in the 2014/15 season he scored 14 Premiership goals in 36 games for Dundee, as well as supplying eight assists, so there is something there. However it is still likely Rodgers will look to off-load him this summer, but he may be hard pressed to find clubs willing to take a risk on the 25-year-old. Wherever Ciftci ends up he will have to work hard to repair his reputation which has been severely damaged over the last two seasons.
In other Celtic transfer news, Rodgers has hinted that a new deal may be in the offing for this 31-year-old ace.