Remember Nadir Ciftci? The Turkish forward was a cult figure during his time in Scottish football, but now he’s back in his homeland fighting for survival.

Ciftci first arrived on Scottish land with Dundee United, where he took to the hearts of the Tangerine support. A move to Celtic though derailed his career before a host of loan spells followed.

Ciftci spent time at Celtic, Dundee United and Motherwell. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

He’s built his career back up in Turkey, although he’s fighting at the wrong end of the table with current side Gençlerbirliği S.K.

Ex-Dundee United and Motherwell man Ciftci has bounced back

It was evident even in his last Scottish stint with Motherwell that Ciftci had talent. He could dribble and could find the net with ease, but performances like that were sporadic.


United provided him with his most memorable stint, scoring 33 times in 82 Tangerine appearances. He hasn’t really been able to replicate that form anywhere else.

Ciftci was brilliant for the Arabs. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Now he’s back in Turkey with Gençlerbirliği and things started to pick up in his first season. The striker netted 12 times in 31 appearances as his side secured promotion to Turkey’s top flight.

Things haven’t been so rosy this term though. He’s yet to score and his side are in the relegation zone after just two wins in 11 matches.

Still though, Ciftci deserves credit for working his career back up to this point. After a pretty average Motherwell stint, options sure looked slim for the ex-United striker.

Back firing, sort of. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Instead of wallowing in his own self-pity, he’s returned to familiar shores and rebuilt his career. Whilst he may not be at the top end of the league, Ciftci is still featuring fairly regularly in a top European league.

His career looked dead and buried after his Fir Park loan stint. Ciftci has admirably battled back from the brink of a career collapse and will look to get off the mark soon in Süper Lig action.

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