Report: Kazim-Richards exit to go ahead

Celtic's Colin Kazim Richards celebrates at the end of the match

Celtic's Colin Kazim Richards will still leave the club, according to reports.

Celtic's Colin Kazim Richards celebrates at the end of the match

The Scottish Sun have reported that Valdir Barbosa's exit from Brazilian outfit Cortiba will not affect Colin Kazim-Richards's proposed move from Celtic.

The Director of Football was sacked this week, throwing the deal for Kazim-Richards into some doubt given that he was said to be the driving force behind the move.

The Mail reported earlier this week that the 29-year-old would be joining the Brazilians, and The Scottish Sun claim that Barbosa's departure does not affect the transfer.

Celtic's Colin Kazim Richards celebrates scoring their first goal

The Turkey international has been something of a disappointment since joining Celtic.

Former manager Ronny Deila signed him from Feyenoord on a two-and-a-half year deal in January, but he has struggled to impress and we'll never know whether Deila would have kept him had he not been sacked.

Patrick Thistle's Liam Lindsay (R) in action with Celtic's Colin Kazim Richards

If the transfer materialises, it is a positive sign by new manager Brendan Rodgers as he looks to clear out the deadwood at Paradise.

There are still other big names which might need moving on, but the Northern Irishman seems ruthless enough to ensure that Kazim-Richards is the first in a series of departures.

Aberdeen's Ash Taylor (R) in action with Celtic's Colin Kazim Richards

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