CALLUM DAVIDSON has already seen enough of Nadir Ciftci to suggest the Turkish striker will be a ‘great addition’ to his St Johnstone squad.
The 29-year-old former Dundee United and Celtic player joined Saints on January 5 until the end of the season from MKE Ankaragucu in his native country.
Ciftci, who had also previously been loaned out to Motherwell, could make his St Johnstone debut in the cinch Premiership match against Hearts at Tynecastle on Tuesday night, where the McDiarmid Park club will look to begin their rise from the bottom of the table after eight- successive defeats in all competitions before the winter break.
The Perth club boss is encouraged by Ciftci’s early work on the training ground.
‘Once I was offered it I said yes straight away, I didn’t even think about it,’ said Davidson, who ‘wouldn’t comment’ on reports he had made an offer. for Inverness defender Robbie Deas, while revealing midfielder Craig Bryson could be out for up to eight weeks with an ankle problem that requires surgery.
“It was a good one. He arrived and he is in very good shape. He has something to prove.
“It’s good to get Nadir where he has his mind, what he wants to do and now it’s up to him to go do it.
“I’ve seen enough glimpses in training and stuff in training to make me believe he’ll be a great addition to the team.
“He’ll be good for the forwards, good for the midfielders running beyond as well, so there’s a lot of positives there and I think he’s a big signing for St Johnstone.”
Asked about reports that Aberdeen had informed the Perth club that they would speak to goalkeeper Zander Clark about signing a pre-contract, Davidson said: “A lot of clubs have been interested in Zander, not just Aberdeen.
“He’s probably been our best player so far this season.
“He will be able to have a choice of clubs, hopefully there will be clubs in England also interested.
“It’s a big chance for him. He’s been here for 10 years now. It’s a big, big decision for him.
“If he continues to play the way he does, he will have a lot more choice than Aberdeen.”
In Bryson’s absence, Davidson told several newspapers, “Everyone is in good shape except for Craig Bryson.
“Craig will be out for six to eight weeks. He was struggling towards the end of this series of games in December.
“He had a little ankle problem and needs surgery.
“Craig put his body on the line because we were fighting for the players. He deserves a lot of credit for that.
“It’s a big blow for him but we have others who are fit and ready to go.”