Nadir Ciftci responds when asked about possibly returning to Celtic this summer

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Nadir Ciftci would rather stay at Eskisehirspor than return to Celtic..

Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci has told The Scottish Herald that he would rather stay at Eskisehirspor than return to Scotland this summer.

Ciftci, 24, smashed 33 goals in two seasons with Dundee United, and his exploits in front of goal earned him his big move to Celtic last summer.

Seen as the man to take some of the pressure off Leigh Griffiths in the final third, Ciftci struggled to make any sort of impact in Glasgow, scoring just four goals in 22 games for Ronny Deila's side as he struggled for starts as well as goals.

Still, it was something of a surprise when Ciftci was allowed to leave Celtic Park in January, heading to his native Turkey to join Eskisehirspor on loan until the end of the season.

With three goals in nine games for Eskisehirspor, Ciftci has enjoyed a little more success than he had at Celtic, and he even harbours hopes of breaking into the Turkish national team ahead of Euro 2016, despite having no caps for his country so far.

Still, Ciftci is scheduled to return to Celtic this summer, where he could resurrect his career under a new manager, given that Ronny Deila is leaving the club at the end of the season.

However, Ciftci has told The Scottish Herald that he would prefer to stay at Eskisehirspor when asked about returning to Celtic this summer, as he enjoys his football in Turkey and loves the club he's with - and few Celtic fans would shed a tear if he does leave permanently this summer.

"I would prefer to stay with Eskisehirspor if they make an offer for me in the next transfer window," said Ciftci. "I've enjoyed my football here and I love the club. We've been in danger of relegation all season, but we are all confident of avoiding it. One of the reasons I came to Turkey was to try and make the squad for Euro 2016," he added.

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