Mackay-Steven raves about Celtic signing Nadir Ciftci, predicts he will become fan favourite

Celtic star Gary Mackay-Steven is delighted to be reunited with Nadir Ciftci.

Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven has told The Scottish Sun that he's glad to be reunited with former Dundee United team-mate Nadir Ciftci.

Mackay-Steven made his move to Celtic during the January transfer window alongside Stuart Armstrong, and six months on, Celtic have completed a third swoop on Dundee United by signing Ciftci.

The 23-year-old striker, who hit 16 goals last season, penned a four-year deal with Celtic last week, arriving as John Guidetti's replacement at Celtic Park.

Ciftci came on as a substitute against Real Sociedad in a pre-season friendly on Friday, and made an instant impact by assisting Mackay-Steven to score the winning goal in a 1-0 victory.

The chemistry between the two was obvious given their previous history together, and Mackay-Steven has told The Scottish Sun that the Turkish forward will be a 'great addition' - even predicting that he will become a fan favourite amongst Bhoys supporters.

"We have a good understanding on the pitch and I’m glad Nadir is here," said Mackay-Steven. "He’s a really good player and he’ll add something different to what we already have. He’ll be a great addition to the squad. He’s got that physical presence and a lot of skill, too."

"He was a fans’ favourite at United and I’m sure he’ll be a fans’ favourite here, too. He’s the type of player who gets bums off seats and I can’t wait for him to show that while I am playing alongside him. It can only benefit Celtic that the three of us know each other so well," he added.

Existing chemistry

Celtic manager Ronny Deila now has three former Dundee United stars at his disposal, with Armstrong, Ciftci and Mackay-Steven all making the move from Tannadice within the last six months.

The trio starred together for Dundee United, and now Deila can not only rely upon their individual quality, but also their existing chemistry that made them so important for Jackie McNamara's Terrors.

Ciftci's move to Celtic has been eased by the fact that two players he is so familiar with are already in the Bhoys squad - and they could help him get off to a flying start in front of goal, if they can rekindle their exploits with Dundee United.

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