Jackie McNamara admits Nadir Ciftci could join rivals Celtic despite failed first bid

Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara has admitted that he is powerless to stop striker Nadir Ciftci from joining Celtic.

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has told The Scottish Sun that he hasn't spoken to striker Nadir Ciftci about a potential move to Celtic.

Ciftci, 23, has been a revelation ever since joining Dundee United from NAC Breda three years ago, and bagged 16 goals for the club last season in another fine campaign, following on from a 17-goal debut season.

However, speculation now surrounds his future as a result of his goalscoring record at Tannadice. Ciftci has rejected the offer of a new contract to stay at Dundee United beyond the expiration of his current deal in 2016, and the vultures are circling Dundee United once again.

In recent years, The Terrors have lost the likes of Andrew Robertson, Ryan Gauld, Johnny Russell and David Goodwillie, as well as current Celtic duo Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong.

Ciftci's refusal to sign a new contract leaves Dundee United sweating over his future, and the BBC reported last week that Celtic had seen a £900,000 bid for the striker rejected.

Manager McNamara has now told The Scottish Sun that he is powerless to stop Ciftci joining Celtic - but hasn't spoken to the player about such a move because Celtic have yet to meet their valuation for the player.

"We don’t have a lot of power as a club," said McNamara. "Obviously there has been interest but it’s not been enough for him to go and speak to them yet. I have to prepare as if he is going to be here with us. The lad needs to do the same."

"He is not the first player to go into his last year. Gary Mackay-Steven did it last season. But Nadir is fine. He understands what is happening. We’ve not spoken about it because there is no need. The club hasn’t accepted anything from Celtic for the lad to have an opinion or to go and speak to them about it," he added.

Would Ciftci be a good signing for Celtic?

The Turkish forward has attributes that any manager would be looking for; strength, speed, skill and finishing ability, all of which make Ciftci one of the top strikers in Scotland football.

Celtic need to bring in another striker this summer with John Guidetti's loan deal over, and Ciftci could be the ideal signing for manager Ronny Deila.

His disciplinary record leaves a lot to be desired, but he is already adjusted to life in Scottish football, and Celtic have two players who have previously supplied him in Mackay-Steven and Armstrong.

A deal could be difficult this summer, but it seems like a matter of time before Celtic either tempt Dundee United into selling or simply sign Ciftci on a pre-contract agreement in January.

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