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Celtic striker joins SPFL rivals as loan deal with English side gets shortened

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Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci has moved to Motherwell on loan till the end of the season after his disappointing loan spell with English League One club Plymouth Argyle was cut short.

The former Netherlands youth international still has 18 months left on his current deal at Parkhead, and the club will only hope a return to familiar surroundings will get the 25-year-old firing on all cylinders again.

Motherwell are looking to replace the goals of Lewis Moult who joined Preston North this month, and they want Ciftci to provide competition for Curtis Main who has arrived from Portsmouth.

The last 18 months have been disastrous for the Turkey-born ex-Dundee United star.

Loan spells to Turkish side Eskişehirspor and Polish side Pogoń Szczecin haven’t gone well too, while it remains to be seen if he will ever put on the Celtic Jersey again.

Ciftci scored 25 goals in 68 Premiership games for Dundee, but struggled upon his arrival at Parkhead in 2015 while Ronny Deila was still charge.