McNamara: We’re behind Ciftci

Date published: Saturday 20th June 2015 11:31

The Scottish FA claim he had committed an act of excessive misconduct when he clashed with Jim McAlister during the Dundee derby on the final day of the season. 

Reflecting on the SFA charge, McNamara told Sky Sports News HQ: “There’s not much I can say about it. I didn’t know anything about it until the day after the game and it all came as a bit of shock. The club put out a statement defending Nadir and having spoken to him the day after, our position has not changed. We will defend him, he has said he has not done it.”

The Turkish striker turned down a contract extension earlier this month to keep him at Tannadice beyond 2016 but McNamara says the club’s position on the striker remains unchanged.

He said: “I don’t control what players are sold and which clubs want out players. My job is to get the best out of the players when they are here and to develop the younger players coming through the academy and make them better players. The most important thing is to get results on the pitch.”

Ciftci, who began his British career at Portsmouth in 2010, moved to Tayside in July 2013 and has scored 23 goals in 63 appearances for United.

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