WITH Celtic winning 9IAR during last week, it allowed for supporters to take stock of the last nine years from a personal point of view as well as from a footballing perspective. Celtic became Champions of Scotland after a blistering win at Rugby Park back in 2012 and since then, no team has been near the Premiership trophy that has been kept safe in the Celtic trophy room.
This series will look at a few forgotten names in the 9IAR winning teams and how their career transpired following their time with Celtic.
The 2015/16 season had Colin Kazim-Richards; however, when picking a bit-part Bhoy from the 2016/17 season was more difficult. Brendan Rodgers arrived and Celtic became Invincible but there were a couple of players that made a handful of appearances.
Nadir Çiftçi was signed in the summer of 2015 from Dundee United by Ronny Deila’s Celtic; however, he struggled to make an impact, scoring 4 goals in 22 appearances. The Turkish striker would have been hoping that the arrival of Brendan Rodgers might bring out the best in him. However, across the season, he made four appearances with just one coming in the league.
Çiftçi made two surprising appearances came at the start of February 2017, shortly before his loan move to Poland. The striker’s only league appearance that season came in the 5-2 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park. Çiftçi replaced Roberts with five minutes remaining; however, he played his part – albeit a tiny part in the league success that year.
They would prove to be his final competitive minutes for Celtic with a series of loan moves with Plymouth, Motherwell and Polish side Pogoń Szczecin. Çiftçi now plays for Turkish side Gençlerbirliği S.K. in the second division.