|Nadir Çiftçi must have thought his boat had come in when he was signed by Celtic, from Dundee United, back in 2015. However, things do not always go how you plan them and Çiftçi has since had spells on loan at Eskişehirspor, Pogoń Szczecin and Plymouth Argyle. He has another chance in Scottish football as he has moved, again on loan, to Motherwell for the rest of the season. After being out of the spotlight for so long Çiftçi has set himself the target of being the man to take Motherwell on another memorable cup run.
Having made it to the Scottish Cup final during his time with Dundee United, Çiftçi wants to recover his goal-scoring touch at Fir Park. He said: "I watched the final and hopefully I can get us to another final. Outside of that, I want to achieve what we can as a team, try to play as many games as I can and bring as much as I can to the club and the fans. My first impressions have been really good. It feels like home already. It gives me a good feeling already. 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. Hopefully I can get going again."
While the move to Parkhead did not lead to more good time, Çiftçi says the challenging experiences has made him stronger. He went on: "It’s been difficult. A bit hard. But a great lesson at the same time as well. You can look at it in a bad way but you can’t just hang about and think everything that goes against you is bad. Just take it on your chest and take it as a lesson. I’ve learned a lot in those two years. I went back to Turkey for half a season and played and really enjoyed it. But then I started getting a bit lost. But I learned a lot in this period by trying to stay strong, staying focused and when the opportunity comes, take it again. Hopefully it will be here."
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