By Danny Wright

16th Feb, 2017 | 9:59am

Celtic close in on striker deal after deadline-day collapse - report

By Danny Wright

Nadir Ciftci is close to securing a move away from Celtic on loan to Polish club Pogon Szczecin, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claims that the 25-year-old striker is expected to join them until the end of the season.

The transfer window is still open in Poland and Ciftci looks to finally be securing a move away from Celtic Park after seeing a move to Motherwell collapse on the British transfer deadline-day.

The striker was also reported to have travelled to Holland to try and secure a move away from Glasgow.

Ciftci is yet to start a game for Brendan Rodgers’ side this season and has only made four appearances off the bench.

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However, there could have been hope for the former Turkey under-19s man as he has featured in Celtic’s last two matches against St. Johnstone and Inverness CT.

Celtic signed Ciftci for £1.5million in 2015 from Dundee but he has only a handful of appearances since.

He has already been loaned out to the club when he moved to Turkish club Eskisehirspor for the second half of last season.

The Turkish player has also had spells at Portsmouth, Kayserispor and NAC Breda.

Football Insider Verdict

Ciftci has been looking to move away from Celtic Park for a while now and it doesn’t seem as though he has any sort of future at the club. Brendan Rodgers has some great attacking options like Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths but given the goalscoring form of some of his wingers, like Scott Sinclair, he may even be more likely to play them up front instead of the former Dundee man. A move to Poland on loan seems as though Ciftci’s time in British football is over as it isn’t a very attractive move. There’s no doubt that the Hoops will be looking to cash in on the striker at the end of the season.

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