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6th Jun, 2018 | 12:28pm

Confirmed: Celtic announce imminent departure of outcast hitman

Celtic have announced that Nadir Ciftci will leave the club on June the 30th.

The news was confirmed on the Hoops’ official website a short time ago.

The 26-year-old, who spent the second-half of last season on-loan at Motherwell, had a year on his contract left, but with little chance of first-team football the Hoops have decided to release him.

The Turkish striker joined the Hoops from Dundee United in 2015, but found it difficult to hold down a first-team place for the Bhoys, making only 12 appearances over three years and scoring four goals in that time.

Football Insider verdict

The departure of Nadir Ciftci comes as no surprise, as he had no chance of ever making a first-team appearance again for the Bhoys. The fact that he was loaned out to two sides last season – Plymouth and Motherwell – last season spoke volumes about his future with the Bhoys. Interestingly, the Hoops strikers struggled at times last season, with injury and a loss of form, but there was no chance of Ciftci being recalled. It is a sensible move to release him with a year left on his contract, as it not only gets him off the Hoops’ wage bill, but also gives him a chance to resurrect his career somewhere else. His best ever football was played at Dundee United, so perhaps he will return there. Ciftci will no doubt leave the club with the best wishes of the fans, but his time at Celtic Park hasn’t been very memorable, and it is best for all concerned that he has left the club.

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