Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Stewart has criticised Celtic striker Colin Kazim-Richards in The Scottish Sun.
The 29-year-old striker started the Scottish Premiership game for Celtic against Heart of Midlothian at the Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon and played for the entire 90 minutes.
The Turkey international scored in the 17th minute, as the Bhoys won 3-1 to edge closer to winning the league title in the Scottish top flight for the fifth successive season.
Former Hibernian and Hearts midfielder Stewart was not impressed with the ex-Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield United striker’s performance.
“Watching Colin Kazim-Richards against Hearts on Saturday hit home how imbalanced this Celtic squad has become under the Norwegian,” the former Scotland international wrote in The Scottish Sun. “Fair enough, the Turkish international got a goal at Tynecastle but his overall play was laboured and he did things at walking pace.
“He looked like a guy who doesn’t have the drive and determination he maybe had earlier in his career. Before the game Deila said he’d picked him because of his physical presence and the fact he can hold the ball up.
“Well why was he playing on the left wing, then? It made no sense to me. He slowed the game down and aside from his goal, he did very little.”
Kazim-Richards joined Scottish Premiership giants Celtic in the January transfer window after leaving Dutch outfit Feyenoord.
The 29-year-old former Galatasaray striker’s current contract with the Glasgow giants runs until June 2018.
Celtic are at the top of the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 80 points from 35 matches, nine points clear of second-placed Aberdeen.