Seven senior Celtic players set to exit this summer, duo have moves lined up - report
By Alex Stevens
Seven senior Celtic players are set to leave the club this summer as Brendan Rodgers reshapes his squad, according to a report.
The new manager is set to clear the decks to pave the way for a number of new arrivals as the Scottish giants aim to improve on a disappointing 2015/16 campaign.
The Daily Mail claim Colin Kazim-Richards, Stefan Scepovic, Carlton Cole and Emilio Izaguirre are expected to leave Parkhead, while question marks also remain over the future of Stefan Johansen, James Forrest and Charlie Mulgrew.
As reported by Football Insider on Monday, Kazim-Richards, 29, has been lined up for a shock move to Brazilian club Coritiba just four months after moving to Parkhead, while Cole, 32, is also likely to be offloaded as 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.
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“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.
“He is a very experienced international player and we hope to close the deal. We had a reference from Alex who played with him in Turkey.”
It is reported by the Daily Mail that striker Scepovic is bound for Getafe after spending the season on loan with the Spanish club.
In other Celtic news, the Scottish club face rival interest from Arsenal for midfielder Tom Rogic.