Nadir Ciftci wants first goal against Qarabag, thanks Celtic team-mates for support

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Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci is eager to score against Qarabag this evening.

Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci has told the club's official website that he would love to score against Qarabag tonight - but the win is most important.

The Turkish forward, 23, joined Celtic from Dundee United last month after a lengthy transfer saga, having been one of the most prolific strikers in Scottish football during his time at Tannadice.

Despite coming in with great expectations, Ciftci has so far struggled with Celtic, and has yet to even find the back of the net for the Bhoys in pre-season and Champions League matches.

Tonight, Ronny Deila's men are in Azerbaijan to take on Qarabag in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying tie, and hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg after a winning goal from Dedryck Boyata.

Having failed to score so far, Ciftci is understandably desperate to get off the mark for his new club - and told the Celtic official website that whilst he would love a goal tonight, his focus is on getting the win to take Celtic into the next round.

"It’s always good to score a goal, especially in a big game like this but the most important thing is helping the team get through to the Champions League group stages by negotiating this round and then the next one," said Ciftci. "First and foremost, I want to win the game and get through, and that’s all that matters to me. We have to get the club where it belongs and that’s in the Champions League. If I can get a goal with it, then that’s a bonus."

Ciftci is something of a controversial character, and had run-ins with a couple of Celtic players during his time at Dundee United, most notably Bhoys captain Scott Brown.

Yet despite some concerns over how Ciftci would be welcomed at Celtic, the striker says that his team-mates have helped him settle in, a process which was no doubt made easier by his former Dundee United team-mates Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong.

"From the first day, the guys have been really warm and made me feel really welcome," he added. "It makes it very easy for a player coming from another team if the boys are like that and I have settled in very quickly."

A goal tonight would give Ciftci a huge boost of confidence, and whilst his settling in process has gone well so far, notching his first strike for Celtic would no doubt help him feel even more comfortable with the Bhoys.

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