Why a Celtic move for Nadir Ciftci would make sense for both player and club

Celtic Parkhead

Celtic have been linked with a £1.5million summer move and it would make sense both for them and their alleged target.

According to a report from the Evening Telegraph, Celtic are interested in signing Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci when the summer transfer window opens.

If true, and if the move goes through for a mooted £1.5million, Ciftci would be the third player to leave United for Celtic in a matter of months, following in the footsteps of Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong.

For now it is mere speculation, but if the move does goes through it would make sense for both Celtic and the player concerned.

With John Guidetti likely to leave at the end of his loan spell, Celtic need reinforcements up front. But considering manager Ronny Deila’s preferred formation and the emergence of Leigh Griffiths, the Bhoys need someone who will be prepared to bide his time.

At just 23, Ciftci will know he has time on his side and he is less likely to mind playing second-fiddle than a more experienced alternative. He will also know that Celtic’s fixture demands – if anything like this season – will see him granted plenty of opportunities to shine.

As for Celtic, if they can sign a player familiar with top flight Scottish football, and one who has regularly scored at that level, then all the better.

Ciftci has scored 31 goals in 77 appearances for United, including 14 this season. He also has 20 assists to date and his ability to play on either wing will also be a considerable selling point.

In short, the reports linking the young Turkish player with Celtic are no surprise; and while United will have no intention of selling him, the fact that his contract has just over a year to run may prove the deciding factor.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch