Getting to know the 2016/2017 Celtic FC Strikers:
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Nadir Ciftci #7
Born February 2, 1992 in Karakoan, Turkey
Signed with Celtic on July 9, 2015
The forward arrived from fellow Scottish Premiership side Dundee United in the 2015 summer transfer window, signing a four-year deal.
The forward put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Paradise having scored 14 league goals in the previous campaign for United.
The 23-year-old scored 14 goals at Dundee in 2014/15. Wears the number 7 jersey.
Leigh Griffiths #9
Born August 20, 1990 in Edinburgh, Scotland
Joined Celtic on January 31, 2014
Leigh Griffiths was a prolific goalscorer for Hibernian in 2012/13 while on loan from Wolves, scoring 28 goals and named PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and the Scottish Football Writers’ Player of the Year.
He made the move to Celtic in the January 2014 transfer window after stays with Livingston, Dundee, Wolves and Hibs(loan).
Griffiths netted his first goal for Celtic in a 2-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle, and followed that up with a hat-trick at home against Inverness Caley Thistle.
Griffiths scored his third Celtic career hat-trick against Dundee United in April 2015, was the recipient of the 2015 Top Goalscorer prize at the Celtic Player of the Year awards. He wears number 9.
Born July 12, 1996 in Pontoise, France
Signed July 1, 2016
Brendan Rodgers’ first signing at Celtic, Moussa Dembele has set the tone for what’s to come under the new Hoops manager.
Despite being only 19-years-old when he joined, the French youth international striker came to the Bhoys with a huge reputation and the club had to act quickly to capture his signature ahead of a string of suitors following his departure from Fulham.
Dembele started on the books of Paris Saint-Germain where he graduated through the youth ranks of the French giants before leaving the club as a teenager in 2012 to make a name for himself in England with the Cottagers.
His first season ended in disappointment with relegation to the Championship but he soon won a regular place in the team, striking up a partnership with Patrick Roberts, who was also at the club at the time.
Dembele scored a total of 19 goals in 64 appearances for Fulham before agreeing a four-year contract with Celtic in the summer of 2016 and he made his debut on his 20th birthday away to Lincoln Red Imps in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.
His crucial penalty in added time against Astana at Celtic Park helped the Hoops qualify for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League.
The Frenchman continued to make a big impact for the Hoops, scoring seven goals in his first 11 appearances including a stunning hat-trick on his Glasgow derby debut.
Each of his first 12 goals for the club came at Celtic Park, with a brace against Manchester City earning the Hoops a draw in an epic Champions League Group Stage game at Paradise.
Dembele’s stellar year with Fulham and Celtic was acknowledged in the 2016 Golden Boy nominations, with the Hoops youngster featuring on the shortlist for the award, which recognises the best under 21 players in Europe.
Born March 5, 2000 in
Signed July 20, 2010