NADIR CIFTCI has spoken of his relief at completing a move to Motherwell from Celtic. The Turkish frontman has signed on an initial six month loan from the Champions after his loan at Plymouth Argyll was cut short.
Ciftci joined Celtic from Dundee United in the summer of 2015 for £1.3 million; however, he failed to impress and when Brendan Rodgers assumed control of Celtic the following year, he was told to find a new club.
“It’s been a bit difficult, but it’s been a great lesson. You can look it in a bad way, you can’t just think everything goes against you.
“I’ve learned a lot in the two years without really playing much.
“I enjoyed my half-season in Turkey and then I started getting a bit lost. I learned a lot in this period as I tried to stay strong.”
Ciftci, who has almost joined the Fir Park outfit twice in 12 months, has admitted that he kept an eye on their development just in case a move to Lanarkshire materialised.
“Last January in the last minutes of the transfer window, the paperwork didn’t go through, and Motherwell had a game up at Ross County, so it made it a bit difficult. Obviously, the summer as well.
“It’s now the third time and when the chance came early doors, I just grabbed it and now I’m here.
“I got a really warm welcome from all the boys and staff, so first impressions are really good. I felt like I’m home already and that gives me a good feeling.
“I watched the Betfred League Cup Final, so, hopefully, we can reach another Final and try and play as many games as I can.”