Exiled Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci hoping to emulate Leigh Griffiths and prove a success upon Parkhead return

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The 24-year-old only joined the Scottish Premiership side last summer but was sent out on loan in January.

Celtic's Nadir Ciftci in action

Nadir Ciftci has explained that it was Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths that helped him when he found himself out of the Celtic team, and insisted that he wanted to emulate the latter of the pair upon his return to Parkhead, The Scottish Sun reports.

The Turkish forward endured a difficult first season with the Hoops, and spent the second half of the campaign out on loan with Eskisehirspor.

Nadir Ciftci celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Celtic

And after ending his time away with a similar record to the one he achieved with the Bhoys - he scored four goals in 11 Scottish Premiership games, while bagging the same number in Turkey having played one more game - he explained that he is ready to battle for his future in the same way that Griffiths did previously.

"Scott Brown and Leigh were really good when I was out of the team and I asked their advice," he told The Scottish Sun.

"Leigh told me how he had almost left Celtic last season but had stayed strong and kept fighting.

"He got the chance and look at him now. He's unstoppable. He's breaking records with his goals.

"Leigh is an inspiration. I want to be a success like him and hopefully that can happen when I return."

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (R) celebrates scoring their third goal

As Ciftci alluded to, while Griffiths' strike-rate has always been impressive since he joined the Hoops, he probably did not make as many appearances as he would have liked during his first two seasons with the club.

However, this past season has seen the 25-year-old justify exactly why he deserved to be the focal point of the team as he scored 31 goals in just 35 league games to leave many Celtic supporters wondering where they would be without him. 

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring their second goal

And while Ciftci's style of play would suggest that he is unlikely to be as ruthless in front of goal - which may ultimately help him as Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to replace Griffiths so may want him to play alongside a forward who offers something different - he will be hoping that his return to Scotland sees him win the supporters over and prove that he is worthy of wearing the shirt.

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