Richard Gough: Rangers should sign Celtic target Nadir Ciftci

Rangers should sign Celtic target and Dundee United forward Nadir Ciftci, says Richard Gough.

Richard Gough has explained in The Scottish Sun why Rangers should sign Dundee United forward Nadir Ciftci.

Ciftci has been on the books of Scottish Premiership outfit United since 2013 and has a contract until June 2016.

“Likewise, Ciftci has already shown he can cut it at the highest level in Scotland and would be a hit at Ibrox,” former Rangers defender Gough wrote in The Scottish Sun.

“Okay, there have been some problems with Ciftci off the pitch, but he’s hardly Gazza,” added the 53-year-old.

“If you can keep him on the straight and narrow, what an asset the lad would be. Strong, powerful and with an eye for goal, he would be ideal for Rangers.”

Ciftci is one of the best strikers in the Premiership and has been in brilliant form for the past two seasons.

In the 2013-14 campaign, the former Turkey Under-19 international scored 17 goals and in 2014-15 he found the target 16 times.

However, Rangers will not find it easy to sign Ciftci this summer, despite the fact that the 23-year-old has turned down the offer of a new contract at United.

The first major reason is that Rangers are in the Scottish Championship. True, the Gers are a big club, but it would be a step down for Ciftci if he were to leave the Premiership for the Championship.

The second big reason is the interest of Rangers’ arch-rivals Celtic in Ciftci. According to The Scottish Sun, the Bhoys are interested in signing the former NAC Breda striker.

Joining Celtic will not only let Ciftci remain in the Premiership, but it will also give him a chance of playing in the Champions League next season.

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