Celtic forward set to join English club in order to pave the way for Roberts - report
By Harvey Byrne
Celtic forward Nadir Ciftci is set to join English League One outfit Plymouth in order to pave the way for the incoming Patrick Roberts, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun have claimed on their website that the 25-year-old striker flop will spend the season on loan in the English third tier with Derek Adams’ side.
It is said that Ciftci was told as far back as June that he could leave the Glasgow giants after spending the second half of the last campaign on loan at Polish outfit Pogon Szczecin, where he failed to score in 10 outings.
The Turkey national joined Celtic in the summer of 2015 after impressing at Dundee United.
However, he failed to bring the same form with him to Glasgow and in 26 appearances in total for the Hoops he returned four goals and one assist.
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He has also made just four first team appearances for Celtic since Brendan Rodgers took charge and he will now be looking to impress with Plymouth.
Football Insider verdict:
Ciftci has been a disappointment during his two years at Celtic and with two years left on his contract it would make more sense to let him go permanently, rather than in another loan deal as it is clear that he surplus to requirements at the Hoops. However, clubs may also be reluctant to take him permanently given his unsuccessful years in Glasgow and therefore a loan move is the best that Celtic can hope for. The English third tier is still a good standard of football and Ciftci will have to put the performances in if he is to impress.
In other Celtic transfer news, John Hartson felt that a Premier League giant was preventing the Hoops from signing this forward.