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On-loan Celtic man scores first goal for new club and it's a stunner

Nadir Ciftci has scored his first goal of a loan spell in Turkey, and it's a cracker.

He may not have set the world alight so far during his debut season at Parkhead, but Celtic forward Nadir Ciftci clearly still has the talent to light up a football pitch.

The Turkish attacker was signed by Ronny Deila in the summer after two impressive years in Scotland with Dundee United, for whom he scored 33 goals in 82 matches.

However, in his debut season for the Hoops it took him eight appearances, mostly as a substitute, to score his first goal for the club, and by the end of 2015 he had netted just three more.

His low goal return and competition in attack including top scorer Leigh Griffiths prompted Deila to sanction a temporary move back to his homeland for the 24-year-old in a bid to get him playing regular first-team football.

Ciftci joined Eskisehirspor on 1 February but began life back in Turkey in inauspicious fashion, being sent off in his second match for the club and subsequently missing a month of football.

In his first match back from suspension, however, he has sent a reminder of the kind of ability which once saw him tipped as a top prospect at Portsmouth and Dundee United by scoring a superb solo goal, shrugging off two defenders before exchanging passes with a teammate and firing home.


The forward is clearly a talented player, but the issue most Celtic fans have with him is regarding his attitude; the Turkish player has built up something of a reputation for disciplinary problems and controversial incidents.

He received notoriety at Dundee United for appearing to grab the throat of a linesman after being sent off, before being accused of kicking out at Hoops captain Scott Brown during a Scottish Premiership clash.

Ciftci's troubles even meant Celtic fans had to wait to see him in league action after signing him, as he was serving a six-match domestic suspension for biting a Dundee player on the leg.

It remains to be seen whether Deila will attempt to reintegrate the forward into his side upon the expiration of his loan in the summer.

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