By Matt Farr
Celtic outcast Nadir Ciftci has reportedly flown to Holland to thrash out a last-minute deal to leave Parkhead before Tuesday’s 11pm transfer deadline.
The 24-year-old forward has featured just twice under Brendan Rodgers this season, but his two appearances came in Celtic’s Champions League qualification campaign back in July.
He has since been deemed surplus to requirements by the Celtic boss, and is looking to make the most of transfer deadline day by pushing for a move.
The Daily Record claim in the transfer centre blog on Tuesday (13:04pm) that the former Turkey youth international is in Holland to discuss a potential loan move, although it is not clear which side (or sides) he is talking to.
Ciftci spent last season on loan at Turkish outfit Eskiherispor, where he netted four goals in 12 appearances.
Prior to that was a prolific spell in Scotland with Dundee United, netting 16 goals throughout the 2014-15 season.
However, he simply hasn’t been able to replicate that form since arriving at Celtic, and has done very little to pip premier goalscoring duo Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths for a first-team place.
Football Insider verdict
A good deal all-round, provided a club in Holland is indeed willing to take Ciftci off Celtic’s hands. The 24-year-old can perform in the Scottish top-flight, as shown with Dundee United; however, the move to a giant like Celtic has not done him any favours. He is running out of opportunities to prove his worth to the Scottish club, but the arrival of Brendan Rodgers in the summer perhaps gave him a little more time – a chance to impress the new manager. However, his lack of appearances this season suggests that Rodgers isn’t that keen on him, especially over the likes of Dembele and Griffiths, and is perfectly happy to let him leave this month. Things can happen very fast on deadline day, and you can expect Ciftci to be playing somewhere other than Celtic after 11pm.
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