Celtic 24-year-old set for summer transfer, identifies the club he wants to join
By Alex Stevens
Nadir Ciftci has revealed he wants to make his loan move from Celtic to Eskisehirspor permanent in the summer.
The 24-year-old striker has spent the second half of the campaign on loan in his native Turkey after struggling to make an impact at Parkhead.
Ciftci joined Celtic last summer from Dundee United for £1.5million but had only a bit-part role in the first half of the season, scoring four goals in 11 matches.
He subsequently joined Turkish top-flight club Eskisehirspor and has impressed after a difficult start.
Ciftci was hit with a three-game ban and a £6,000 fine from the Turkish FA for verbally abusing the ref after he was sent off in only his second game for Eskisehirspor.
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But he has subsequently played regularly, scoring three goals in nine matches, and is keen to sneak into the Turkey squad for Euro 2016 as well as make his stay at the club permanent.
“I would prefer to stay with Eskisehirspor if they make an offer for me in the next transfer window,” Ciftci said, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. “I’ve enjoyed my football here and I love the club.
“We’ve been in danger of relegation all season, but we are all confident of avoiding it. One of the reasons I came to Turkey was to try and make the squad for Euro 2016.”
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