New Celtic striker Colin Kazim-Richards has told The Scottish Herald that he would never sign for Rangers, having played for both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
Kazim-Richards, 29, joined Celtic on deadline day having fallen out of favour with Dutch club Feyenoord, and marked his first start with a goal against East Kilbride on Sunday.
The Turkish international, formerly of Bury, Brighton and Hove Albion and Sheffield United, is seen as a striker who can take some of the pressure of top scorer Leigh Griffiths, and the duo even struck up a great partnership against East Kilbride.
It's already been quite the career for Kazim-Richards, who was initially on the books at QPR and Arsenal, but he has since turned out for top European clubs such as Fenerbahce, Toulouse, Galatasaray, Bursaspor and Feyenoord.
The big move in his career came in 2011, when he left Turkish giants Fenerbahce for their fierce city rivals Galatasaray on a free transfer - a major no-no in Turkish football.
Kazim-Richards has now reflected on that move, and how it compares to leaving Celtic for their bitter rivals Rangers - but has told The Scottish Herald that he would never go to Rangers having seen the anger following his history-making move from Fenerbahce to Galatasaray.
“When I went to Galatasaray, it was a problem," said Kazim-Richards. "That’s a big rivalry. But when I played for Fenerbahce, I was a Fenerbahce player. When I went to Galatasaray, I was a Galatasaray player. I gave everything for both teams. But that was a transfer that was difficult for both sets of fans. It’s the first time someone had moved straight from one club to the other."
"You have to respect all kinds of people. Me? I’m very respectful. I’m not even thinking about Rangers. I didn’t come to Celtic because of the Old Firm. I came to Celtic because it’s Celtic. I want to win stuff. I want to go down in the history books here. I don’t back down from a challenge. I’m not one to hide away. But I won’t ever go to Rangers. I won’t do that," he added.
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