Gary Caldwell believes reportedly imminent Celtic signing Nadir Ciftci has 'massive potential'

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Former Celtic skipper Gary Caldwell has hailed the club's imminent signing of Nadir Ciftci.

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell has told the Daily Mail that Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci has 'massive potential' ahead of his move to Celtic.

Caldwell, 33, racked up 150 appearances for Celtic before moving on to Wigan Athletic in 2010, where he is now the manager having ended his playing career.

The Latics boss has now spoken about his former club, and their seemingly imminent capture of Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci.

Dundee United confirmed on their official website on Tuesday that Celtic have agreed a fee for the Turkish forward, and the 23-year-old is expected to complete his move to Glasgow in the coming days.

Having hit 33 goals in the last two seasons, Ciftci has established himself as one of the top strikers in Scottish football - and whilst Caldwell has praised Celtic for landing a player with 'massive potential', he admitted to the Daily Mail that he tried to bring the forward to the DW Stadium this summer.

"Ciftci is a young player with massive potential first and foremost," said Caldwell. "I said to him: “I believe at this club you can become better.” I think at the minute he has the materials to become a top No 9 or 10. He can play in both positions."

"He’s got pace, he can score goals, he’s a good size and has good physical presence. He’s going to go on to be a great player and, at 23, he’s still got a lot of years ahead of him. We wanted to try and buy the potential for him to be a really great player," he added.

The right decision

A move to England could have been enticing to Ciftci, but joining League One Wigan wouldn't have been the greatest move for his career.

Instead, he will now join Celtic, and not only play a part in a title challenge under Ronny Deila next season, but also feature in the Champions League too.

It seems that Ciftci has made the right decision to join Celtic instead of Wigan this summer, as his move to Glasgow draws ever closer - and fans will be hoping that Caldwell is right about his potential.

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