By Harvey Byrne

Colin Kazim-Richards has revealed he quit Celtic, his boyhood club in the summer after his heart was set on moving to Brazil with Coritiba.

The forward spent just four months at the Scottish giants after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal in February, leaving in June.

He featured in 13 appearances for the Hoops under former manager Ronny Delia, scoring two goals before leaving once Brendan Rodgers took over at the club.

However, the 30-year-old has stated the former Liverpool boss didn’t not want him at the club and that it was his choice to leave.

“Before I went to Celtic there was interest [from Brazil], but it didn’t materialise,” told Kazim-Richards in the November issue of FourFourTwo on page 53.

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“Then Celtic came up, and you can’t really turn them down. I’ve seen some people suggest that Brendan Rodgers said he didn’t want me [this summer], but it wasn’t like that. My heart was set on coming here, and that’s no disrespect to Celtic at all because I support them.”


After breaking into football at Bury, Kazim-Richards has played for 12 clubs in his 12 year professional career. Including 5 non-English countries, with Brazil being the sixth.

He has started in good form for Coritiba with two goals and an assists in his first nine appearances for the club.

The experienced footballer may also now be looking to settle down in South America and see out the rest of his career at Couto Pereira with his football career running down.

In other Celtic transfer news, Derk Boerrigter is belatedly set to end his search for a new club months after being released by the Hoops.