Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has told the Daily Express that he sees a future partnership with new signing Colin Kazim-Richards.
Griffiths, 25, took his goal tally for the season to 29 with his strike in the 2-0 Scottish Cup win over East Kilbride on Sunday afternoon, proving that he remains Celtic's top striker despite a late transfer window addition.
Turkish international forward Colin Kazim-Richards joined the Bhoys on deadline day from Dutch club Feyenoord, and opened his account for the club with the second goal in that 2-0 win against East Kilbride just days ago.
The 29-year-old, formerly of top European clubs such as Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Toulouse and Olympiakos, is looking to rebuild his career after falling down the pecking order at Feyenoord - and his arrival may have even triggered a tactical re-think from manager Ronny Deila.
The Norwegian has been virtually married to a 4-2-3-1 system ever since arriving as Bhoys manager from Stromsgodset back in the summer of 2014, but he chose to play a 4-4-2 against East Kilbride, with Griffiths and Kazim-Richards starting together in attack.
It's a system fans have been crying out for, and now Griffiths is looking forward to a long-term partnership with Kazim-Richards up front, whilst he also explained to the Daily Express what he has seen from the new boy just over a week into his Bhoys career.
"I can see a future for that partnership," said Griffiths. "He’s a big, strong lad, he’s physical and he likes to get the ball to feet whereas I’m the opposite - I like to get behind defenders and stretch the game. Against East Kilbride we tried to link up as best we could and I hope that’s the start of things to come."
"But we’re guaranteed to score goals, whether it’s me playing alongside Colin or me being up there on my own. He’s played for a lot of big clubs and scored wherever he’s been. He’s come to another one now and I’m not ready to give up my jersey," he added.
Should Deila stick with Griffiths and Kazim-Richards up front?