Nadir Ciftci comments on future amid speculation of summer bid from Celtic

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Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci isn't letting transfer speculation get to him.

Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci has told The Courier that he hasn't been distracted by speculation over his future admit rumours of interest from Celtic.

Ciftci, 23, caught some attention whilst with Portsmouth in the 2010/11 season, but after spells with Kayserispor and NAC Breda, the Turkish striker signed for Dundee United in 2013.

After 17 goals last season, Ciftci has continued to impress at Tannadice, scoring 14 goals this term in an up-and-down season for Dundee United.

Yet, as was the case with his former Dundee United team-mates Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong, speculation of a move to Celtic is gathering pace.

Just months after Mackay-Steven and Armstrong joined the Bhoys, The Sun recently suggested that Celtic are considering a £1.5m bid to sign Ciftci this summer, with manager Ronny Deila no doubt in the market for a striker with John Guidetti's loan from Manchester City set to expire.

With the summer transfer window now fast approaching, Ciftci has told The Courier in Dundee that his immediate future is with Jackie McNamara's side, and that he hasn't been at all distracted by the speculation surrounding his future.

"It’s not really my worry to think about it too much. At the moment, my future is still here," said Ciftci. "I’m still under contract and I’m concentrating on finishing the season well on a personal note and for the team. Whatever happens, I will think about it when it comes. So far, I have not become distracted."

An interesting side-note is that Ciftci's agent is currently Pierre van Hooijdonk, who scored 52 goals in 84 games for Celtic after arriving in 1995 from - ironically, one of Ciftci's former clubs - NAC Breda.

The Dutchman was a popular figure at Celtic Park, and his affinity with the club could help broker a deal with the Bhoys - if Deila does indeed submit a bid this summer.

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