This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Celtic looked like they could have acquired a really good signing for an absolute bargain when they acquired Nadir Ciftci from Dundee United for £1.88 million back in 2015, via Transfermarkt. The left winger was already an experienced player in the Scottish Premiership and had an impressive record, scoring 33 goals and picking up 20 assists in 82 appearances. However he failed to reproduce this form at the Hoops and ended up being a total dud.
The former Turkish U-19 international only managed to make 26 appearances across two seasons at Paradise, scoring four goals and picking up one assist. It seemed like this was enough for the club to make a decision on him, and he was sent out on loan four times after these appearances to Motherwell, Plymouth, Pogon Szczecin and Eskisehirspor. The level of these sides highlighted that the quality of the player was perhaps not the level needed for the Hoops, and in July 2018, he eventually moved on a free transfer to Genclerbirligi.
Was Nadir Ciftci a waste of money?
For some players, even though they excel in the division, they struggle to make the step up at the club fighting at the top of the division, and clearly the pressure and expectations were to much for Ciftci, with his career at the Hoops and the money lost highlighting that he was a player that both fans and the club will be quick to forget.
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