Former Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci has revealed that he does not regret signing for the Hoops in 2015.
The Turkish forward was given a free transfer by the Hoops on Wednesday, as announced on their official website.
Despite failing to make an impact in Glasgow after signing from Dundee United, the 26-year-old enjoyed his time at the Scottish champions.
“I’d never regret signing for Celtic. It was the right decision for my career at the time and I enjoyed the good times” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It didn’t work out in the end but I thank every single person at the club – especially the fans.
“I have no issues with Brendan or anyone at the club. I worked hard and I had a good relationship. I leave on good terms and I wish them all the best.”
Football Insider verdict
Nadir Ciftci was never going to turn down the chance of joining the Hoops, as he would no doubt have been earning far more than he ever did at Dundee United. He actually was a very good finisher for the Tannadice side, so looking back the move does make sense at the time. The problem was that his career at the Hoops didn’t get off to a good start, and the man who signed him, Ronny Deila, also struggled badly that season, and it was no surprise that Deila lost his job towards the end of that season. As for Ciftci, he never recovered from the poor start to his Hoops career, and as soon as he was sent out on loan to various clubs then it all but guaranteed that his time at the club was up. You can’t blame him for signing for the Hoops though, and it is just one of these things that happen in football that the move didn’t work out for him.
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