It is reported that St. Johnstone is close to signing Turkish Striker Nadir Çiftçi, with the 29-year-old currently a free agent.
[Çiftçi celebrates a goal]
The former Dundee United Striker was a key player for 'The Tangerines' on their route to the 2014 Scottish Cup final, which they lost to St. Johnstone.
Nadir Çiftçi then joined Celtic in the summer of 2015 for a fee of close to £2m, however, he struggled in Glasgow, and after 4 loan moves away from Celtic Park he returned to Turkey in 2018.
Çiftçi is a well-known name to most Saints fans, with his free-kick which crashed off of the bar and into Alan Mannus's hands in the Scottish Cup final certainly a nervy moment. He is well remembered for being 'pocketed' by Steven Anderson and Frazer Wright in the final, who did not give the Striker an inch.
The Turkish Striker has recently left Turkish second-tier side MKE Ankaragücü after half a season with the side in 2nd place, after relegation from the Turkish Super Lig last campaign. He only made 12 appearances in black and yellow, scoring once.
Nadir Çiftçi has been a journeyman footballer, plying his trade in 5 countries, playing for 13 clubs in his professional career.
Of these clubs, it is safe to say that he was most prolific for Dundee United, where he scored 33 and assisted 20 in just 82 games. In particular, he was in lethal form in the 2013/14 season, when he contributed to a combined 28 goals.
[Nadir Çiftçi's best moments for Dundee United]
His exploits earned him a big-money move to Celtic which did not work out, with Çiftçi only making 26 appearances - scoring 4 times. A mixed loan move with Eskisehirspor was then followed by unsuccessful loan spells with Pogon Szczecin, Plymouth Argyle, and Motherwell.
In 2018, he went back to Turkey where spells at Genclerbirligi Ankara, Caykur Rizespor, Samsunspor and most recently MKE Ankaragücü.
[Nadir Çiftçi in action for Turkey]
Nadir Çiftçi is a talented player and there is no doubt that he can find the back of the net, over the course of his career he has played 310 games; scoring 74 and assisting 32.
At 29 years old Çiftçi should be coming into his prime and if he can even come close to repeating his Dundee United exploits then he would be an excellent signing, with the perilous position St. Johnstone find themselves in beggars cannot be choosers and if he will score us the goals we need then he would be a great addition, especially if the rumored deal for Zak Rudden also goes ahead.
At the end of the day, Saints have only scored 11 league goals this season and are in desperate need of firepower. With this deal looking imminent, here is hoping that he can come up with the goods.