Manager confirms Celtic 25-year-old to play in reserves
By James Black
On-loan Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci will need to wait for another first-team opportunity with Plymouth Argyle after manager Derek Adams revealed that he will have to play in the reserves for the time being.
The 25-year-old joined Plymouth during the summer but has struggled at Home Park and hasn’t featured in any of the Pilgrim’s last three games.
Since joining Celtic in 2015, Ciftci has failed to make any kind of impact for the Hoops and is on his third loan spell away from Parkhead in less than three years.
The Turkish striker had been a big hit with Dundee United before joining the Hoops but his career has ground to a halt since.
Ciftci will feature for Argyle’s reserves on Tuesday night as they look to get him some more game time, but manager Adams admits he will need to be patient and wait for an opportunity to arise.
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“It’s about waiting his time to get that opportunity again, but he’ll get that,” Adams said, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.
“He’ll play in the reserve game on Tuesday and hopefully we’ll get some games into him then,” added Adams.
“He’s got undoubted ability, he can take the ball in, he can score goals and he can link up play.
“He played the first six games and he’s missed a few other games when he’s been on the bench.”
Before swapping Glasgow for Plymouth, albeit temporarily, Ciftci had loan spells with Eskisehirspor in Turkey and Polish side Pogon Szczecin.
Ciftci cost Celtic £1.5million but has only played 26 times for Brendan Rodgers’ side and it’s unlikely he’ll be back at Celtic.
The Turkish striker still has one year left on his Celtic deal once his loan in the West Country comes to an end but with the likes of Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths ahead of him, the Hoops’ hierarchy might just choose to cut their losses.
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