Simon Donnelly responds to Celtic's reported interest in signing Nadir Ciftci

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Dundee United assistant boss Simon Donnelly says he knows nothing of Celtic's alleged interest in Nadir Ciftci.

Dundee United assistant manager Simon Donnelly has told STV that, right now, there is nothing to rumours that Celtic want to sign striker Nadir Ciftci.

Ciftci, 23, has hit 14 goals for the Terrors this season, with the ex-Portsmouth forward enjoying an impressive season at Tannadice.

Unsurprisingly, the Turk's exploits have now led to transfer speculation, with The Sun reporting that Celtic manager Ronny Deila wants to make another move for Ciftci having allegedly missed out in January.

The report states that a £1.5m bid for Ciftci is in the pipeline, with Celtic seeking a replacement for striker John Guidetti, who looks set to leave the club at the end of his loan deal from Manchester City this summer.

Ciftci has found the back of the net regularly this season but has a reputation for being something of a hot-headed player, having racked up 18 bookings and one red card in the last two seasons.

Regardless, Ciftci's success in Scotland will have impressed Celtic - but Dundee United assistant Donnelly, who played over 150 games for Celtic as a midfielder in the 1990's - has told STV that he knows nothing about the speculation, adding that Ciftci is a Dundee United player for the foreseeable future, with Dundee United keen to avoid losing another player to Celtic after the departures of Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong in January.

"The first I knew about it was when I came in and seen the kit man's paper this morning," said Donnelly. "It obviously means we’re doing something right here and Nadir is doing something right. I’ve said before he’s a top player, on his game he’s as good as anything in this division."

"You are always going to have interest and speculation; we’ve had to deal with it for the two years we’ve been here. Nadir is a Dundee United player so it is our job in the next five games to go and try and reach Europe and Nadir will help us do that," he added.

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