Celtic strike duo to leave club this summer, 29-year-old lined up transfer in next 24 hours - report
By Alex Stevens
Celtic strike pair Colin Kazim-Richards and Carlton Cole are set to leave the club this summer, according to a report.
The Herald claim Kazim-Richards, 29, has been lined up for a shock move to Brazilian club Coritiba just four months after moving to Parkhead.
Cole, 32, is also likely to be offloaded as new manager Brendan Rodgers trims his first-team squad.
The experienced pair have failed to make an impact since joining Celtic in the middle of the recently completed domestic season.
Turkey international Kazim-Richards has scored just two goals in 13 appearances, while Cole has netted just once in five matches for the Scottish giants.
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Kazim-Richards signed a two-and-a-half year contract when he arrived at Parkhead in February but that could be cut short with the player expected in Brazil on Tuesday to complete the move.
“We conducted an interview with Colin Kazim-Richards,” Coritiba sporting director Valdir Barbosa told Radio Transamerica Curitiba, as quoted by the Herald. “He will be in Coritiba on Tuesday and his Brazilian wife wants him to wear the uniform here. We held a meeting with Alex about the player.”
Coritiba boss Gilson Kleina added: “We were offered him. I spoke with him and also clubs where he played in Turkey, the Netherlands and Scotland. I am sure he might be a surprise in Brazilian football.”
Former England international Cole did not have a club when he signed for Celtic last October until the summer of 2017.
It is reported that he is not regarded as part of Rodgers’ plans and could be set for yet another transfer in his career.
In other Celtic news, the Scottish club face rival interest from Arsenal for midfielder Tom Rogic.