Celtic linked with January swoop for Dundee United striker

Ronny Deila is rumoured to be lining up a January bid for Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci, who has impressed at Tannadice so far this season.

Celtic have reportedly identified Nadir Ciftci as a potential January acquisition with the 22-year-old impressing for Dundee United over the past two campaigns.

Bhoys manager Ronny Deila is believed to be keen on adding another striker to the Hoops ranks with the Tannadice favourite thought to be his first choice target, according to the Scotsman.

Born in Turkey, Ciftci has previously enjoyed spells in Holland, England and his homeland, playing for NAC Breda, Portsmouth and Kayserispor in each of the three.

Signed by the Terrors back in July 2013 after impressing on trial with the club, Ciftci has scored 19 goals in 48 Scottish Premiership appearances for the club to date and was on target during the Arabs’ 2-1 win over Celtic earlier this month.

Previously capped by Holland at under-17 level, Ciftci has also played seven times for the Turkey under-19 side.

Under contract until the summer of 2016, the striker would undoubtedly relish the opportunity to play at Celtic Park every week, having singled out the ground as one of his favourite to visit in Scotland.

“The best atmosphere I have played in before now was against Aberdeen at Tannadice earlier in the season and then Celtic away,” he told the Daily Record last term.

And with Pierre van Hooijdonk counted among his close friends, Ciftci would undoubtedly relish the chance to follow in his hero’s footsteps with a move to Parkhead.

There is no word as yet on whether any move for the Turkish star would affect Celtic’s pursuit of on-loan Manchester City star John Guidetti.

The Swede is available for nothing this summer and after impressing for the Scottish Premiership champions the Scandinavian youngster could be hot property in the coming months.

Previously loaned to Stoke City, the striker could attract interest from several other Premier League sides.

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