Ex-Celtic man believed Kazim-Richards exit will be first of many

Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson has criticised the transfer policy of the Scottish club in recent seasons and claimed that he thinks more players will follow Colin Kazim-Richards out of the exit door this summer..

New manager Brendan Rodgers has been left with a bloated squad of players which he will need to reshape before the start of the season, and Wilson believes the signing of players like Kazim-Richards has meant the Northern Irishman will have a task on his hands making the changes he needs.

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Kazim-Richards has been offloaded to Brazilian side Coritiba after spending just four months with the Scottish champions, scoring two goals in 13 appearances, and Wilson told Sky Sports he expects more to follow the Turkish international out of Celtic Park:

“You would think more would follow. That was pretty evident from last season that whoever came in was going to do that. Kazim-Richards was one of the strangest signings I’ve seen at Celtic.

“So Rodgers will clear them out, get them off the wage bill. You’d think the Celtic board would give him some money to spend and he will bring in quality.”

The Northern Irish manager doesn’t have a great deal of time to reshape his side.

With pre-season training starting in late June, and the first Champions League qualifier in mid-July, he only has one month to get a team together he is happy with to prepare for the first competitive games of the campaign.