Celtic confirm Nadir Ciftci departure


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Celtic have confirmed that striker Nadir Ciftci will have his contract cancelled a year early and leave the club this summer.

The Turkish forward was hoping for one final chance to impress coach Brendan Rodgers but the former Liverpool boss has urged him to find a new club.

Ciftci signed for Celtic in 2015 for £1.5million under former manager Ronny Deila.

He caught the eye after scoring 25 goals in 68 appearances for Dundee United but he failed to impress at Celtic Park.

He scored just four goals in 26 appearances for the Hoops, with just 12 of those coming in the Scottish Premiership.

After a disappointing first year in green and white, he was loaned to Turkish side Eskisehirspor but he only scored four goals in 12 league appearances.

He failed to score for Polish team Pogon Szczecin and Plymouth Argyle during two loan spells in 2017.

Ciftci ended last season on loan at Motherwell and scored three in 11 but Celtic have now decided to cut his contract short.

He featured only four times during Brendan Rodgers’ time in charge of the Scottish champions and the club wished him well during their statement on Wednesday.

Another Celtic player that could be on his way out is Lewis Morgan, according to reports in Scotland.

Youngster Morgan has yet to play for the Celtic first team and he enjoyed a successful loan spell at St Mirren last season.

Reports now claim Sunderland are looking to loan him as he prepares to link up with former St Mirren coach Jack Ross.

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