Report: Former Celtic striker set for Turkey after brief Scottish football return

By David Walton

June 6, 2022

Former Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci is set to move back to his homeland of Turkey after an ill-fated return to Scottish football, according to Sporx.

The Turkish outlet believes Ciftci is set to return home but it remains up in the air as to who he will sign for.

It comes after a forgetful return to Scotland for the first time since his official Celtic departure back in 2018. Ciftci would spend 4 years in Turkey before signing for St Johnstone in a short deal that didn’t work out.

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The former Dundee United man managed 12 appearances for the Perth club but failed to secure himself a longer contract after not managing to net a single goal [Transfrmarkt].

Sporx believes there is interest in the player from both Turkey and the Netherlands, with Istanbul-based second division club Eyupspor extremely keen.

Ciftci spent 3 years contracted to the Hoops but would only score 4 goals in 26 outings. His time in Glasgow saw him sent out on loan on 4 occasions before leaving permanently.

.Nadir Ciftci still to find a permanent home after another poor spell

Ciftci’s lack of form shouldn’t be taken as him being over the hill. In fact, at only 30 years of age, there should still be plenty of football left within him. But finding a regular home after leaving Dundee United has been a problem for him.

After his spell at Celtic, he’s now played with 5 different clubs over the last 4 years. There hasn’t been much success there either as he struggles to hit the heights of his days on Tayside.

The Ronny Deila signing looked like hitting it off at Parkhead given the performances he was putting in for United. However, a lack of opportunities coupled with the form of Leigh Griffiths made first-team chances hard to get.

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Now, Ciftci is just on the hunt to find some form at a club where he can enjoy his football. He can’t allow behaviour or attitude issues to get the better of his game at his age. Now is the time when he should be showing his best stuff given the experience he’s accumulated in his career.

Instead, we’re at the stage where he’ll do well to find a high-level club back in Turkey that will take a chance on him. His track record simply isn’t impressive anymore. Therefore, it’s no surprise to see him potentially having to settle for a second-division club.

Hopefully, wherever he ends up, he can find himself back amongst the goals and the good performances once again. He should be too talented to be struggling at the rate he is.

In other news, Work reportedly being done to get Celtic-linked Dudu Dahan client an overseas move