Colin Kazim-Richards…what a truly awful player he was.
As football fans we all love a bit of controversy. You know, one of those players who can really bring something cheeky to the club. A hated figure, really. Despised in fact. Someone who will really ruffle the feathers of opponents and relish every single moment of it. Scott Brown for instance, what a character he has been.
That being said, When Colin Kazim-Richards joined Parkhead Celtic fans probably thought they had themselves another character. He certainly was not a very good player so there had to be a reason he was recruited, right?
The Turkish forward had been playing for Feyenoord two weeks prior to his move but found himself in a spot of bother after threatening Algemeen Dagblad journalist Mikos Gouka who apparently questioned his attitude. A club statement read (via The Guardian):
“The club has applied this measure in response to the behaviour exhibited by the assailant on 15 January.
“The suspension means that Kazim-Richards will not be at the club, will not train, and will not play in any games, until the end of the month.”
Needless to say, he never played for the club again and joined Ronnie Deila’s Celtic at the beginning of February (The Guardian).
But how did he fare in Scotland? Well, his underwhelming CV pretty much played out in his performances. He was awful (don’t hurt me, Kazim). Yes, he worked hard and chased down players, but if you threw a dog a tennis ball for 90 minutes it would do the same thing. His positioning was like that of hungover Sunday league player and his touch was like pinging a bouncy ball of a brick wall.
He may have opened up his account against Aberdeen, but his achievement was slightly overshadowed by the fact he decided to stamp on one of the Dons players later in the game. Not great stuff.
Just five months after joining Celtic he was on the move again – this time taking his services to sunny Brazil, home of samba football. Safe to say, with his technical ability and trampoline feet, he did not last long. From Coritiba to Corinthians, then Lobos in Mexico to Tiburones Rojos, Kazim-Richards has been an absolute flop wherever he has gone – managing just 10 goals in 64 games since leaving Scotland. Yikes.
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