Colin Kazim-Richards has joined Celtic on a loan deal from Feyenoord until the end of the season.
Colin Kazim-Richards says that his meetings with Ronny Deila helped persuade him to join Celtic.
The 29-year-old attacker completed a move to Parkhead on loan from Feyenoord until the end of the season yesterday.
And Kazim-Richards admits that he had no plans to return to British football, before speaking to Deila about what Celtic could offer.
CKR on Ronny Deila: "We had a meeting and the gaffer gave his view and asked me some questions." #NewBhoy (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) February 1, 2016
CKR: "He gave me a type of feeling to how he wants to see me play, and it sat well for me." #NewBhoy (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) February 1, 2016
CKR: "To tell you the truth, I never wanted to come back to Britain but once this opportunity came, it was an obvious decision." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) February 1, 2016
Kazim-Richards’ previous experience in British football came earlier in his career.
The Turkish international represented Bury, Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield United as a youngster, before Fenerbahce snapped him up back in 2007.
Since then, Kazim-Richards has spent most of time playing in Turkey, but Celtic moved quickly when he was made available by Feyenoord.
Kazim-Richards’ arrival at the Bhoys increases Deila’s options in forward areas, and it has also forced Nadir Ciftci to depart the SPFL champions on loan, with competition for places increasing.