Celtic legend: Incoming boss must axe these two big name players

Club legend Charlie Nicholas believes Celtic must get rid of both Colin Kazim-Richards and Carlton Cole this summer.

Neither forward has established themselves as a first-team regular at Celtic Park under Ronny Deila and Nicholas believes that one of the first tasks of the new manager should be to move both players on, as they don’t contribute anything to the side.

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He told the Scotsman:

“I’ve had enough of Carlton Cole and Colin Kazim-Richards – they don’t bring anything to the party, they don’t add anything to the fabric of this club.”

The Scot backs the inclusion of young strikers whose development could be improved by first team opportunities:

“I want to see the younger strikers developed and if they’re not good enough then they’re not good enough.”

Converted forward Ryan Christie and the Hoops’ youngest ever player Jack Aitchison would benefit from such a policy.

Both performed when given a chance against Motherwell in the 7-0 rout on the last day of the season.

Cole and Kazim-Richards in contrast have contributed just five starts, 12 substitute appearances and two goals between them this year, and whether they stay at the Scottish club will depend on the philosophy of the next manager in charge at Parkhead.