Celtic forward won’t ‘give up’ on Celtic as he eyes role under Rodgers

Celtic forward Nadir Ciftci has denied suggestions that he wants to leave the Scottish Champions.

The 24-year-old has been out on loan at Turkish side Eskisehirspor for the second half of last season and was reported to have said that he wanted to stay in Turkey to break into the national side.

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But, in an interview with the Scottish Sun, Ciftci denied those claims and says he wants a fresh start under new manager Brendan Rodgers:

“I would never give up on Celtic. I couldn’t do that. Next season is a fresh start for me.I have followed everything that’s been happening at the club because my heart is still there. I read some stories claiming I didn’t want to go back. That is not true. I want to play for Celtic.

“I am determined to come back and play for Celtic. The new manager will have fresh ideas. Suddenly everything can change for one or two players. Suddenly there can be sunshine. Leigh [Griffiths] is the perfect example that things can change very quickly.”

The forward moved from Dundee United last summer for £1.5million after an impressive couple of seasons playing in the Scottish Premiership for the Tangerines, but despite scoring four goals in 11 league appearances, he was deemed surplus to requirements by previous manager Ronny Deila in January.

New manager Brendan Rodgers will be making some key decisions over the summer in terms of the squad size with Ciftci among those whose future is yet to be decided.

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