Ronny Deila reacts to Kazim-Richards' full Celtic debut, drops hint about 4-4-2

Ronny Deila

Celtic beat East Kilbride 2-0 on Sunday, with Colin Kazim-Richards getting on the scoresheet.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Daily Mail that he could look to play 4-4-2 again in the future after Colin Kazim-Richards' performance against East Kilbride.

The Bhoys comfortably beat non-league side East Kilbride 2-0 in the Scottish Cup on Sunday afternoon, with goals from Leigh Griffiths and new signing Kazim-Richards getting on the scoresheet.

After a tough week which included defeats to Ross County and Aberdeen as well as speculation surrounding Deila's future as Celtic boss, the Bhoys just needed to get through the game against semi-pro side East Kilbride without any more damage being done.

Interestingly, Deila switched up his system for the game. Often criticised for being almost married to the 4-2-3-1 system, Deila went with a 4-4-2 against East Kilbride, with Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew in central midfield, James Forrest and Gary Mackay-Steven out wide, and Griffiths partnering Kazim-Richards in attack.

It's a system that Celtic fans have been crying out for recently, with fans believing that 4-2-3-1 is too negative, and two strikers are needed.

Both strikers scored against East Kilbride, and whilst it's tough to truly evaluate the success of the 4-4-2 given the poor quality of opposition, both players will be happy with their contributions.

After the game, Deila was asked about Kazim-Richards, who was making his first start since joining from Feyenoord last week, and hinted to the Daily Mail that he could partner Griffiths in attack again in the future, suggesting 4-4-2 is a 'Plan B' system for him.

"We have to have a Plan B when we have two strikers who can suit each other," said Deila. "I think Leigh and Kazim could be very good over time," he added.

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