By Matt Farr

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has handed a shock recall to outcast Nadir Ciftci as part of his matchday squad to face St. Johnstone on Sunday – and fans on Twitter hope he can make an impact.

The 24-year-old striker has featured just twice since Rodgers took over at Parkhead in the summer, but his appearances came during their Champions League qualification campaign back in July – hence why his sudden return comes as a major shock.

The Turkey international had been linked with a move away from the club last month, but having failed to secure a new destination, was forced to remain at the club until the end of the season.

However, his return to the matchday squad to face St. Johnstone’s suggests that Rodgers may be prepared to give him a chance to fight his way back into his plans.

Upon hearing the news that Ciftci could have a role to play at McDiarmid Park on Sunday, Celtic fans were surprisingly in favour of the decision, taking to social media to share their views.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/teeny1888/status/828208471493529601

Celtic have been without premier goalscoring duo Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths for their last two outings due to injury, forcing Rodgers to experiment with other attacking options.

Griffiths misses out once again, raising further doubts over his long-term future at the club, while Dembele joins Ciftci on the bench.

Rodgers has already drawn tremendous praise from Celtic fans for bringing Dedryck Boyata back from the fringes to turn him into a key first-team player, and fans are hoping he can do the same with Ciftci.

In other Celtic news, the club have been handed a significant boost in their pursuit of this striker, who they failed to land last month.

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