Motherwell Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Nadir Çiftçi on loan from Celtic.
The forward, who spent the first half of the season down south with Plymouth Argyle, has moved to Fir Park until the end of the campaign.
The 25-year-old is well known for his two-year spell with Dundee United from 2013 until 2015, in which he scored 33 goals across 71 starts.
“My first impressions have been really good,” he said on his arrival at Motherwell. “It feels like home. It gives me a good feeling already.
[pullquote]I obviously know the league and the teams. I’ve played a lot of times against Motherwell as well so it will be a good place to kick on.[/pullquote]
The signing of Çiftçi, who will wear shirt number 23, is third time lucky for the Steelmen, having came close to securing his signature on two previous occasions.
“Last January it was in the last minutes of the transfer window and it just didn’t go through because of paperwork. Then in the summer, it was a bit different as well.
“Now it is the third time and when the chance came, I just grabbed it and now I am here thankfully.”
The Turkish-born forward started his career in England with Portsmouth, before spells in Turkey with Kayserispor and in the Netherlands with NAC Breda.
His move to Dundee United followed in July 2013 and he immediately hit the ground running, scoring 17 goals in his first season and 16 the following campaign.
His form attracted the attention of Celtic, who paid to take him to Glasgow in the summer of 2015.
Despite finding opportunities hard to come by, he still managed to net four times in 12 league appearances before a succession of loan spells with Eskisehirspor, Polish side Pogon Szczecin and Plymouth.
The arrival of Çiftçi is Motherwell’s second of the January transfer window, following the permanent signing of striker Curtis Main from Portsmouth.
“I’m delighted to have got Nadir here until the end of season,” manager Stephen Robinson said of the capture of Çiftçi. “He will provide us something different up front and he is a player of real pedigree.
“He is a player with a proven track record of scoring goals in the Scottish top flight and we’re pleased to have got him here.”