Nadir Ciftci explains why he rejected Wigan to sign with Celtic

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Celtic completed the permanent signing of Nadir Ciftci yesterday.

Ciftci moved from Dundee United to Celtic, and he has told the Daily Record why he rejected Wigan Athletic to sign with the Bhoys.

He said: “It was nice to have interest from other clubs. That says I am doing well. The offer was there from Wigan and I decided to say no to it. There was interest from Celtic, I listened to it and said yes because I know how big a club they are.

“Everyone around the world knows how big they are and I wanted to take that opportunity.”

Ciftci, 23, decided to move to Parkhead due to Celtic’s reputation in both Scotland and world football, being a name well known throughout footballing culture.

He arrives at the Scottish champions from Dundee United, having netted 33 goals in 82 games for the Tannadice could. He strengthens the Bhoys, whilst further weakening one of their league rivals, and signing Ciftci is a good move from Ronny Deila.

Finding a consistent goalscorer proved to be a tough task for Celtic last term, and Ciftci arrives at the club as a replacement for John Guidetti, who was not signed on a permanent deal following the expiration of his loan from Manchester City.

When the Bhoys came calling, it was always unlikely that the Turkish forward would have opted to move to Wigan - now playing in League One - and Celtic have made a wise moving in signing the forward as they prepare to get back into the Champions League group stages this season.

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