McNamara comments leave Celtic with two choices over Ciftci

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Celtic face a nervous 12 months if they decide not to aggressively pursue Dundee United's Nadir Ciftci this summer.

Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times playing down the significance of reported Celtic target Nadir Ciftci turning down a new contract with the club.

The Bhoys were seemingly handed a boost when the forward turned down the offer of a new one-year contract yesterday, but McNamara doesn’t expect the player to be sold this summer as a result.

“People forget he is a young player and we are pleased to be part of his development while getting the best of him on the pitch,” he said.

“However, I'm looking forward to welcoming him back for the new season so that he can be part of a side that will once again challenge at the top of the game.”

Dundee United are now in a difficult position and one which Celtic could try and take advantage of.

They are well within their rights to ignore any offers, which come in for the player over the course of the summer.

However, doing so means United run the risk of losing a valuable player for nothing at the end of next season, when his current deal expires.

It’s in Celtic’s interests to try and do a deal for the player over the next couple of months, even if that means he’ll only move to Parkhead this time next year.

If they overlook the possibility of bidding for him, Celtic boss Ronny Deila could be faced with a competition where there is even more interest for his services.

Celtic have greater resources than the majority of their rivals and they can take advantage of that by making an offer right now, which their rivals can’t match and which is too good for United to turn down.

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