Nadir Ciftci: Henrik Larsson is a big player but I can live up to the no.7

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The new Celtic signing wants to join the history books at Parkhead.

Nadir Ciftci says Henrik Larsson is a 'big player' but is looking to leave his own Celtic legacy while wearing the no.7 shirt, according to the club's official website.

Indeed, the forward who recently arrived from Dundee United for a £1.5 million fee (as reported by the BBC) wants to live up to the iconic Bhoys number and deliver in similar fashion to the legendary Sweden striker.

And he told the Celtic View: "Henrik Larsson was one of the latest players to wear it and of course he’s remembered as a big player here that everyone looks up to.

"But it’s a number I like for myself as well. It’s special for the club and myself and hopefully I can live up to the number. I just need to do it on the park."

Success for years to come?

Ciftci has made an instant impact at Parkhead, much like Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong did back in January. It seems buying from Dundee United is a proven method...

Maintaining standards, though, is the biggest challenge that'll face the 23-year-old. There is no shortage of strikers who have failed to live up to expectations at Celtic in recent years - some who may still reside in the squad.

But, should the Turkish forward prove a success in Glasgow, his loyalty will also be tested. Gary Hooper will know all too well what it's like to score goals for Celtic and earn yourself a big move South. He'll also know what life is like afterwards.

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