John Collins discusses Celtic's approach for Nadir Ciftci, confirms Bhoys are interested

Celtic assistant manager John Collins has admitted the club's interest in signing Nadir Ciftci.

Celtic assistant manager John Collins has told Sky Sports that the Bhoys have approached Dundee United over a deal for Nadir Ciftci.

The Bhoys have added one summer signing so far in defender Dedryck Boyata, but manager Ronny Deila now appears to be pursuing reinforcements in other areas.

The Sun reported today that Celtic have seen a £900,000 bid for Dundee United striker Ciftci rejected, with their Scottish Premiership rivals unwilling to deal with the Bhoys having sold Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong in January.

Ciftci, 23, hit 16 goals for Dundee United last season, cementing his position as one of the top strikers in the Scottish Premiership in the process.

Now, assistant boss Collins has told Sky Sports that Celtic are indeed interested in signing Ciftci, confirming that there has been an approach for the player.

"I believe there is an approach but that’s all I’ve heard and there’s not a lot I can tell you," said Collins. "He has obviously played against us many times last year, he’s a big striker, he’s strong, he’s powerful and he’s got technique as well. We like him," he added.

Bad blood

Ciftci has reputation for not only scoring goals in Scotland, but also for being something of a hot-headed player, earning a comparison to Diego Costa due to his on-field antics.

In fact, Celtic captain Scott Brown told the Daily Mail in March that Ciftci kicked him in the head during a match between the two clubs, meaning he could arrive at Celtic with a negative reputation even amongst his team-mates.

Ciftci would have to erase fears over his conduct in order to win over his team-mates, and also rectify his disciplinary issues in order to become a success at Celtic.

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