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KARIM-RICHARDS ON RONNY’S RADAR

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TURKISH international striker Colin Kazim-Richards has emerged as a target for Celtic.

As Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts prepared to check-in on a long-term 18-month loan, the Feyenoord frontman burst onto the Parkhead radar.

Kazim-Richards is on his way out of the Dutch outfit after a disappointing and controversial half-term in Holland.

The hitman scored just one goal in 11 games after signing from Busaspor before being suspended by the club two weeks ago after an altercation with a journalist.

Kazim-Richards’ suspension is up on Monday, but the Rotterdam giants are willing to let him go and Celtic are assessing a move for the international, who has 37 caps for Turkey.

The 29-year-old started as a youth at QPR and Arsenal before a varied senior career.

Kazim-Richards, who was born in London and qualified for Turkish nationality through his mother’s heritage, played in the place of his birth for Bury, Brighton and Sheffield United before moving to his adopted homeland to join with Fenerbahce.

He also moved across Istanbul and played for Galatasaray, with loan spells mixed into those times at French club Toulouse and Olympiakos in Greece.

Kazim-Richards went back to England play for Blackburn Rovers before going to Bursaspor.

The forward was loaned to Feyenoord last term and, such was the success of the move, he signed a permanent deal last summer.

However, the move has not worked out and, after his off-pitch problems, the Dutch will consider letting him go.

Ronny Deila is looking for more firepower to assist top-scorer Leigh Griffiths and Kazim-Richards is now being assessed as a viable option with the transfer window closing on Monday.

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