By Abigail Withey
Celtic have told their centre-forward Nadir Ciftci that he is free to leave the club this summer, according to a recent report.
The Scottish Sun have revealed that the 25-year-old has been told by Celtic that he can make a departure just two years after joining the club.
The report has revealed that the Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers informed the former Under-19 Turkey international that he’s not part of his plans for the upcoming 2017/18 campaign.
It is said that the striker will stay at the club’s Lennoxtown training centre to train with the development squad while he looks to find a new employer.
The newspaper claim that Ciftci’s availability could spark interest from fellow Scottish clubs including St Johnstone, Dundee United and Motherwell.
It was also reported that the Turk was absent from the squad who travelled to Austria for a pre-season trip to Austria on Monday.
Since Ciftci moved to Parkhead from Dundee in 2015 and the centre-forward struggled to find his feet.
The 25-year-old went on-loan twice, where he played for Eskisehirspor, and most recently Pogon Szczecin.
The striker made just four appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ domestic treble winning side and looks no longer needed by the former Liverpool boss.
Football Insider verdict:
Making a move away from the domestic treble winners will be the best move for the forward at this time. With manager Brendan Rodgers focused on retaining the club’s domestic treble title, the boss will have little room to try out and develop a player who has been at the club for two years. Staying at Parkhead and competing with the likes of Moussa Dembele prevents the Turk making any progress or exploring his talent. Moving to another Scottish club will give the striker more playing time and room to find his place within a squad comfortably. Moving back to Dundee could give the 25-year-old another shot with the club following his previous two year spell back in 2013.
In other Celtic transfer news, they are eyeing a 23-year-old defender from a Championship club.