Should Celtic abandon reported interest in Nadir Ciftci after latest controversial incident?

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Dundee United's Nadir Ciftci has been linked with Celtic recently - but his recent antics could scupper a bid from the Bhoys.

Ahead of the January transfer window, Celtic were linked with a host of Dundee United players - and managed to land two of their players, with Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven making the move to Glasgow on deadline day last month.

Yet they didn't sign their striker Nadir Ciftci, who was an alleged target for Celtic in January, according to the Daily Record.

Ciftci, 23, played the early years of his career with Portsmouth before moves to Kayserispor and NAC Breda in Turkey and the Netherlands respectively.

The Turkish striker then made the move to Scotland, and has been prolific ever since, hitting 29 goals in almost two seasons for Dundee United.

It's therefore unsurprising that Celtic were linked with a move to sign him - but now, that possibility looks heavily unlikely after Ciftci's latest controversy.

Ciftci - regarded by some as Scotland's answer to Diego Costa - has picked up 17 yellow cards and one red card during his time at Dundee United, and his hot-head nature came out against Celtic last weekend.

Ciftci appeared to stand on Celtic captain Scott Brown's head when the two sides met last weekend, but escaped without a caution - and even after a review of the situation, Ciftci has also escaped a ban.

Brown has taken to the press to publicly berate Ciftci for his actions, and such strong words from the skipper must be taken into consideration by manager Ronny Deila should he still want to sign Ciftci this summer.

With John Guidetti only on loan at the club until the end of the season, Deila may well need to look for a replacement striker - and whilst Ciftci's goals make him an attractive proposition, his disciplinary record and perception amongst Celtic players and fans would make him a controversial target for the Bhoys.

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