23
Forward

Nadir Çiftçi

23
Forward

Nadir Çiftçi

Nadir Çiftçi
  • Number23
  • PositionForward
  • Signed5/1/22
  • Previous ClubsPortsmouth, Kayserispor, NAC Breda, Dundee United, Celtic, Eskişehirspor, Pogoń Szczecin, Plymouth Argyle, Motherwell, Gençlerbirliği, Çaykur Rizespor, Samsunspor, MKE Ankaragücü, St Johnstone
  • NationalityTurksih
  • Date of Birth12th February 1992
  • Place of BirthKarakoçan

St Johnstone recently announced the signing of Nadir Çiftçi. The Turkish forward joins Saints until the end of the 21/22 season on a short-term contract.

The 29-year-old striker will bring strength and attacking intelligence to the Saints front line, along with the ability to score goals and unlock defences.

Nadir Çiftçi was born (born 12 February 1992) is a Turkish footballer who has previously played for Portsmouth in England, Kayserispor in Turkey and NAC Breda in the Netherlands, before moving to Scotland in 2013 to play for Dundee United. He signed for Celtic in 2015 and had spells on loan at Eskişehirspor, Pogoń Szczecin, Plymouth Argyle and Motherwell.

He has represented the Netherlands under-17 team before switching national allegiance to the country of his birth, Turkey. He has since played for the Turkey under-19 team.

Çiftçi moved from Dutch side ADO Den Haag to Portsmouth at the start of the 2007–08 Premier League season when he was just 15 years of age for a fee of around £80,000. He signed professional terms in June 2010. After an impressive pre-season tour of the United States, he made his first-team debut on 7 August 2010 as a substitute in a 2–0 defeat against Coventry City. On his first competitive start for Portsmouth, Çiftçi scored his first goal for the club against Stevenage on 9 August 2010 in the first round of the League Cup. This goal proved vital for Portsmouth as they won the match 2–1

On 2 July 2013, Çiftçi went on trial to Scottish Premiership club Dundee United. On 25 July, he joined United on a two-year contract. He finished the season with eleven goals in the league, helping Dundee United to a fourth-place finish. Çiftçi's four goals in the Scottish Cup during 2014, including Dundee United's third goal in a 3–1 Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Rangers on 10 April 2014, helped United reach the final. However, Dundee United were beaten 2–0 by St Johnstone in the final on 17 May 2014, although Çiftçi came close to scoring early in the second half when he hit the post from a free kick. On 7 July 2015 Dundee United confirmed that they had accepted £1.5 million bid from Celtic and had allowed the player to speak to the Glasgow club regarding a transfer.

Celtic confirmed the signing of Çiftçi on 9 July 2015, with the player signing a four-year contract. He chose to wear the number 7, which has previously been worn by club legends Jimmy Johnstone and Henrik Larsson. He made his debut the day after signing, coming on as a substitute in a pre-season friendly against Real Sociedad and providing the assist for Gary Mackay-Steven's goal in a 1–0 win.

After leaving Celtic, Ciftci eventually signed for Motherwell after spells in Europe and down south. Ciftci would impress at his short time there but would return to parent club Celtic in the summer where his contract would terminate.

Since Celtic Ciftci has enjoyed sporadic spells at Gençlerbirliği, Caykur Rizespor, Samsunspor and MKE Ankaragucu.

Ciftci spoke of his delight about joining St Johnstone:

“I remember Callum from my time in Scotland and he has progressed into a fine manager. I want to help and I know I am going to enjoy playing for him. He has given me an opportunity to play football for the next five months and I am very excited about that. I've not played too much in the past six months and it hurt me to be on the sidelines. But, thankfully, my level of fitness is good. My job is to help the team win games of football and I am ready for the challenge ahead. Yes, I want to score goals, of course. But it's more important that we play as a team and we all make the correct contribution. I am not here to be selfish. St Johnstone is the priority and they will always come first. The effort in the next few months needs to be a collective one and that is the attitude that will help us win the games we need to win."

Çiftçi will wear the 23 shirt for the rest of the season and is contracted until May 31st 2022

 

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