The former Turkey youth international joined the Hoops from Dundee United on a four-year contract last summer, though it didn’t take long for questions to pop up regarding his future at the club.
Ciftci struggled to make an impact and was subsequently shipped out to Turkey on loan, joining Eskisehirspor where he managed just three goals in ten league appearances.
It wasn’t the best 12 months for the 24-year-old, but now Ciftci is aiming to turn over a new page and make amends at Celtic by becoming a big part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans at the club.
“It was frustration and a bit difficult. I had the suspension and I was in and out but that is in the past and I don’t want to look back. I want to look to the future,” Ciftci told Evening Times of his debut Celtic campaign.
“I just need to keep working hard and doing what the manager asks. For me, it was all about going [to Turkey] to get games and my fitness. I came back as fit as possible so I can do the things the manager asks.”
“He is a big manager and we all know about him and we hope it all goes good. I want to be part of his plans.”
Ciftci no doubt has the ability to perform at a top level and proved his goal scoring capabilities at Dundee United, however his aggression and overexuberance has often been his downfall.
Celtic will be keen to add a new goal scorer to partner Leigh Griffiths in attack, but in Ciftci they have a player who works tirelessly for the cause and his style could coincide with Rodgers’ quite well.
The former Liverpool boss will want his style to adopt a high press and win the ball back in the final third, and there aren’t many out there who are as willing as Ciftci to run defenders into the ground.