Nadir Cifti '˜hasn't given up on Celtic future'

Nadir Ciftci believes there is 'always hope' he could have a future at Celtic as he looks to rejuvenate his career while on loan at Motherwell.

Nadir Ciftci has vowed to give his all for Motherwell. Picture: SNS Group
Nadir Ciftci has vowed to give his all for Motherwell. Picture: SNS Group

The 25-year-old Turkish striker, who signed for the Hoops from Dundee United on a four-year deal in 2015, had been on loan to Plymouth for the first half of the season, following previous loan spells with Eskisehirspor and Pogon Szczecin in Poland.

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Ciftci will spend the second part of this campaign with the Steelmen and, speaking at a media conference at Fir Park, when asked if he felt he still had a future at Celtic, he said: “There is always hope and there are always doors open so I will think about it when the season is finished.

Nadir Ciftci in action for Celtic against Barcelona in Dublin in July 2016. Picture: SNS Group

“All I want to do right now is concentrate on Motherwell, they have given me this chance to show myself.

“I will give everything that they have given me and look forward to the summer and whatever is going to be.

“I obviously have another year left with Celtic but I will think about it in the summer. Until then I will give everything for Motherwell.”

Ciftci, who could make his Well debut in the William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton on Saturday, stressed that there is no problem between him and Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers.

Nadir Ciftci in action for Celtic against Barcelona in Dublin in July 2016. Picture: SNS Group

He said: “He has been great for the club, for the players and it has been good between me and him.

“It is just that I have not been able to play under him but I have always rated him highly.

“I tried everything I had. It has been up and down at Celtic for me but I am happy to be here to concentrate on Motherwell.

“The people around the club made me feel so comfortable in just one and a half weeks so already it feels much different to other moves I have made.

“I will give whatever I can, sometimes it will be goals, sometimes it will be assists, but I am not putting myself under the pressure of needing to score goals.

“Obviously that will be good but first I have to help the team.”