Nadir Ciftci calls Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers the best manager he's worked under and claims he's held no talks about leaving

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The 24-year-old spent the second half of his first season with the Scottish Premiership club out on loan.

Celtic's Nadir Ciftci in actionCeltic's Nadir Ciftci

Nadir Ciftci has told the Evening Times that Brendan Rodgers is the best manager he has worked under, and insisted that he has not held talks with the boss about leaving Celtic on loan.

The former Dundee United man struggled to make an impact during his first campaign at Parkhead, and ultimately spent the second half of the season on loan with Turkish side Eskisehirspor. 

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

And while the fact that several of the Hoops' fringe forwards left this summer may have given the 24-year-old hope that he was set for another chance following the Northern Irishman's appointment, the fact that Moussa Dembele was brought in from Fulham and went straight into the team suggested that Ciftci remains on the periphery.

And despite that theory arguably being confirmed as he captained a weakened side for their International Champions Cup clash with Inter Milan at the weekend, the Turkish striker has insisted that he is determined to win his doubters over, and hinted that he expects to stay put this summer.

"I will speak with the manager about my future. I have said this before and I will always say it - he is the best manager I have worked under. His quality is so high," he told the Evening Times.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

"I have only been working with him for a few months but I have learned so many things already. I will listen to whatever he says. I just want to do my best for him and for the club. Hopefully it is going to be here. I have had good chats with him so far.

"We've not spoken about me going out on loan. If something like this comes along we have to think about it but I haven't thought about it yet to be honest."

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with Nadir Ciftci at the end of the matchRodgers celebrates with Ciftci

For Ciftci, it may be a case of just biding his time until an opportunity comes his way.

The Bhoys are lacking options up front. And having taken a place on the bench on a regular basis so far this season, it would appear that he would be next in line for a chance if Leigh Griffiths or Dembele sustained an injury.

And with Rodgers hinting that he is able to get the best out of those players who appeared to have much more to give, Ciftci will be hoping that the work he has done with the new manager will allow him to take his chance and stake a claim for a regular place in the side. 

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