Plymouth Argyle have completed the season-long loan signing of Nadir Ciftci from Celtic, as confirmed by the club’s website.
The Turkish striker boasts an impressive CV – one which is certainly outstanding for a League 1 player. His experience includes Champions League and Europa League.
Argyle will not be the 25-year-old’s first stint at English football, as Portsmouth paid a five-figure sum to sign him at the age of 15 from Den Haag’s youth system in Holland. This was during a time when Portsmouth were playing in the Championship. He only went on to make 22 appearances for Pompey, but had a good start at Fratton Park – scoring 2 goals in his first two starts.
He declined a new contract at Portsmouth and a result made the switch to Kayserispor, where he made 11 appearances in the top flight of Turkish football. Ciftci only managed 11 appearances during his spell at the club, and eventually left to join Dutch side NAC Breda.
Once again he struggled to make many appearances; he only managed 7 for NAC before moving on to Scottish Premiership side Dundee United.
His debut season in Scotland was a huge improvement in comparison to his previous clubs, as he registered 17 goals in 40 appearances, helping Dundee United finish fourth in the league and going on to reach the Scottish cup final.
The fine form showed in the 2013/14 campaign for Dundee United continued into the 2014/15 season, where he netted 16 goals, resulting in a £1.5 million transfer to Scottish giants Celtic. It was here where featured in Champions League and Europa League games.
Unfortunately for Nadir, he failed to find his previous fine form for Celtic, leading him to having loan spells at Turkish Super Lig side Eskisehirspor and Polish club Pogon Szczecin. He failed to score for the latter.
He has had history of having a short temper but the Turk will be looking for a fresh start at Home Park on this loan opportunity.