Nadir Ciftci has no fear after joining Celtic

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As Celtic's newest recruit, Nadir Ciftci was paraded in front of the media at the club's Lennoxtown training complex, the player insisted wearing the coveted number seven jersey would not bear heavy on his mind.

Famous Seven

The Turkish striker has signed on with the Scottish champions for four years after Dundee United and Celtic agreed a fee in the region of £1.5 million.

It appears that the hitman, who scored 17 goals in the SPFL last season, will pull on a shirt that previous greats such as Jimmy Johnstone, Kenny Dalgish and more recently, 'Super Swede' Henrik Larsson have all worn.


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However, 23 -year-old Ciftci is relishing the exposure, and sees this as a blessing rather than a curse. 

No Fear

"It's a favourite number for me too," he said, via The Herald. "I've been wearing it everywhere else I've been, but I know what it means to this club and the players that have worn it before, so it will be a pleasure to wear it here as well".

Ill-Tempered Outburst

Although the Turkish international speaks with great optimism there are those who have their reservations; with good reason too. Ciftci's actions on the field of play last season were called in to question on more than one occasion, including a kick out at now club captain Scott Brown during an ill tempered Scottish cup encounter at Tannadice.

Despite this, the target man failed to receive any punishment and maintains it was all in the good nature of the game. "We are professionals and, on the pitch, you do your job for the team you play for," stated Ciftci. "Scott is a big professional and everybody would love to have them in their team. I have him in my team right now, so I will only learn from guys like him". 

While this may be true, the stats do not lie as can be seen with last seasons accumulation of 11 bookings and one red card for the ex- NAC Breda and Portsmouth man. In no uncertain terms, an atrocious record for an attacker.

Potential Ban

There is also, however, the due date for the Turks SFA Disciplinary hearing on July 20, as a result of reportedly biting Dundee's Jim McAlister. If found guilty, Ciftci could face a lengthy ban, once again prompting fans to ask whether or not this is behaviour befitting a number seven at the club.

The ex- Dundee United player also revealed today that he turned down English League One side Wigan, managed by former Celt and Scotland international Gary Caldwell.

"Celtic was always my first choice," he said. "Everybody knows how big a club it is. I knew it even before I came to Scotland".

Whilst flattery may win over some of the Parkhead faithful, many are still sceptical of their new number seven and will have the chance to cast their watchful eye over him as soon as Friday night, when the Hoops take on Davie Moyes' Real Sociedad in Paisley.

Meanwhile, the jury's still out Nadir.

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