Celtic flop Colin Kazim-Richards about to become a hero in Brazil

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates at full time during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park at  on February 5, 2017 in Perth,...

Colin Kazim-Richards counts Celtic upon his collection of 14 professional clubs - but his spell at Parkhead was one of his most forgettable stints.

Colin Kazim-Richards of Celtic clashes with Kieran Kennedy of Motherwell in the second half during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Motherwell FC at Fir Park...

Colin Kazim-Richards’ career has been far from conventional. The nomadic striker has played for 14 clubs in seven different countries since 2004 without ever really finding a home.

And it’s that short lived spell at Celtic in 2016 which perhaps best sums up Kazim-Richards’ professional career.

The former Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United man joined the Scottish giants on a two-and-a-half year deal in February and opened his account in a cup clash with East Kilbride a week later.

Colin Kazim-Richards of Celtic  shoots at goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park Stadium on March 6, 2016 in...

Five months after that, however, Kazim-Richards was gone, swapping Glasgow for Coritiba in the Brazilian top flight. Netting just two goals in 13 games for Celtic, the much-travelled marksman goes down as one of the more forgettable players to have pulled on the green and white in recent years.

Zero in Scotland, hero in Brazil

Kazim-Richards appears to have made a far more lasting impression at his latest club, however. The striker was forced to wait four months to score his first goal for six-time Serie A winners Corinthians but he could hardly have found the net at a more perfect time.

Chesting the ball over the line in the 49th minute to secure a 1-0 win against Avai FC, Kazim-Richards scored the goal that takes Corinthians to the brink of the title. The Sao Paolo giants are now ten points clear with just four games to go.

Forward Colin Kazim-Richards of Brazilian club Corinthinas heads the ball past goal keeper Martin Silva of Vasco da Gama for a goal during their Florida Cup semifinal game at Brighthouse...

Talk about making an impact. Kazim-Richards was only making his second start for the club but, whatever happens from here on in, it’s unlikely he’ll have to buy his own beers in the lively bars of Sao Paolo any time soon.

Scoring the winner in a de-facto title-decider in Brazil certainly beats netting against East Kilbride on a cold February night in Scotland.

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