Celtic have had a pretty rubbish time under Ronnie Deila to be quite honest. The frequent adventures in the champions league have disappeared along with Neil Lennon and a host of other players who now ply their trade in the premier league such as Wanyama and Van Dijk.
This haemorrhaging of talent has had it’s consequences, and having not even made the group stage for 2 years running.
Celtic have needed to do some shopping.
Indeed they seem to have done exactly that, even though the signings are not to the standard of what Celtic may have had under Lennon or O’Neill, they are good players nonetheless. Carlton Cole joined in the summer with a wealth of premier league experience, and now Colin Kazim-Richards has joined to help.
To those unaware of Kazim-Richards he has a proud record at both club and international level. Having started out as a youngster for both QPR and Arsenal Colin went on to gain 37 caps for Turkey, claiming citizenship through his mother. Plying his trade as a an attacking midfielder, Kazim-Richards’s robust build and height gave him an unconventional style which can often be very effective. This approach has seen him play throughout Europe, with Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and most recently Feyenoord, add that to over 50 premier league games playing for Sheffield United and Blackburn, and Kazim-Richards has quite the CV to get excited about.
Add that to goals like this for Feyenoord:
If things go well, he could make a brilliant partnership with Leigh Griffiths who himself is on fire with 20 goals already. With his experience elsewhere, who is not to say he couldn’t become the main man up top at Parkhead for years to come, with Ciftci heading out on loan there is a chance for Kazim-Richards to get back to his best, and if so Colin may help regain the SPFL some credibility which has been desperately lacking.
If he succeeds in doing this there is no reason why this surprise signing from Feyenoord can’t save Ronny Deila’s job come the end of the season.