Hartson raves about Celtic's Nadir Ciftci move, says deal is 'absolute snip'

Celtic Stands

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has praised the club's move for Nadir Ciftci.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has told The Scottish Sun that the club's move to sign Dundee United forward Nadir Ciftci is an 'absolute snip' ahead of his expected arrival.

Dundee United confirmed on their official website on Tuesday morning that Ciftci, 23, is set to hold talks with Celtic after a bid from the Bhoys was accepted.

The Turkish forward hit 33 goals in two seasons for Jackie McNamara's men, but with just one year left on his contract, Dundee United have chosen to cash in now rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.

The deal is expected to be completed later today, with Ciftci in Glasgow to agree personal terms and pass a medical with the Bhoys, as Ronny Deila finally brings in a new striker having seen John Guidetti's loan deal from Manchester City expire earlier this summer.

Celtic fans are generally pleased with the move, and former Bhoys striker John Hartson has lauded the deal in a column with The Scottish Sun - even saying that Ciftci reminds him of himself during his playing days!

"Nadir Ciftci ticks all the boxes of what I want to see in a centre forward," said Hartson. "Truth be told, he reminds me of me. Back in the day I liked to think I could mix it with the best - and for me Ciftci is cut from the same cloth."

"Only time will tell whether or not he’s good enough to score 25 goals a season at my old club. He’ll certainly get more chances at Celtic than he did at Dundee United. But at £1.5million for a 23-year-old old Celtic have got themselves an absolute snip," he added.

What are Ciftci's expectations next season?

Ciftci arrives with a proven record in Scottish football, and will be competing with Leigh Griffiths and Stefan Scepovic for the starting role in Deila's 4-2-3-1 system.

An ideal lone front man with strength and pace, Ciftci will certainly be expected to rack up the goals in the Scottish Premiership, but gauging the expectations in the Champions League is a much tougher task.

Ciftci has never played in the Champions League before and could take some time to adjust to the higher quality on the continent - but he certainly has the ability to cause problems to defences with his physicality and clinical finishing.

Another season with 16 or 17 goals would be deemed a success for Ciftci - and he has proven he can do just that during his time with Dundee United.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch