Despite the mass exodus of strikers at Celtic this summer, one fringe front man who may yet salvage a career at the club is Nadir Ciftci. The Turkish player was one of twelve players who took to the field in the second half of Brendan Rodgers’ first game in charge of Celtic.
It’s the first time we’ve seen Ciftci kick a ball for Celtic since he went on loan to Eskişehirspor in January 2016. His contribution up until that point was largely disappointing but it seems he has been given another shot.
For Dundee United, the club he was procured from in the summer of 2015, he was a key player. That never really transferred across to Celtic under previous coach Ronny Deila.
The real hope was that what he had demonstrated at United would be enhanced at Celtic, but it never turned out that way. Under new management of course you just never know, but for now he is back at Celtic and he has already made his mark in the preseason.
That will be a boost for him personally. What happens now is up to him.
If he keeps scoring he’s in with a chance. Should that fail to materialse he could well find himself surplus to requirement.
Rodgers has already drafted in teenage goal scorer Moussa Dembele from Fulham. His addition to the ranks puts further pressure on Ciftci because like Leigh Grffiths, Dembele was scoring for fun ast season.
So the message is clear for Ciftci. Find the net as often as possible and you can have a career at Celtic.