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CELTIC reject Nadir Ciftci was praised by Plymouth boss Derek Adams – despite his team’s 4-0 hammering from Scunthorpe.

The Turkish international striker, who cost the Hoops £1.5million from Dundee United in July 2015, agreed a season-long loan deal with the League One outfit last week.

Ex-Ross County gaffer Adams had no hesitation in pitching the misfiring hitman straight into his first team three days later for the meeting with former Scotland international Graham Alexander’s men.

The Home Park chief said: “I thought his first touch was very good and his link-up play was excellent.

“You can see what he’s going to bring to the football club.

“He brought players into the game.”

Adams insisted Ciftci would have been given more of an opportunity to shine if Argyle hadn’t been reduced to 10 men with Antoni Sarcevic dismissed in first-half stoppage time.

He said: “When we went a man down it was going to be a hard afternoon for him.

“But when it was 11 against 11, he took the ball in well and took us up the pitch.”

Ciftci’s career at Parkhead is effectively over after scoring only four goals in 26 games and with his contract due to expire next summer.

The 25-year-old attacker, who made only four substitute appearances following Brendan Rodgers’ arrival, was loaned to Turkish side Eskisehirspor and Polish outfit Pogon Szczcin over the past two seasons before his shift to Plymouth.

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