WITH Celtic winning 9IAR during the week, it allowed for supporters to take stock of the last nine years from a personal point of view as well as from a footballing perspective. Celtic became Champions of Scotland after a blistering win at Rugby Park back in 2012 and since then, no team has been near the Premiership trophy that has been kept safe in the Celtic trophy room.
This series will look at a few forgotten names in the 9IAR winning teams and how their career transpired following their time with Celtic.
The 2014/15 season had Aleksandar Tonev and the 2015/16 season featured Colin Kazim-Richards as the bit part Bhoy of the 9IAR run.
Kazim-Richards (or the Big Z) was signed with little fanfare from Feyenoord on January 31 2016 as backup to Leigh Griffiths as other backup strikers Carlton Cole and Nadir Çiftçi.
The striker made his debut with Celtic 2-0 down at half-time against Aberdeen. The then 29-year-old had little contribution in his debut apart from receiving a yellow card. He got a goal in the Scottish Cup against East Kilbride; although his performances left an awful lot to be desired.
Kazim-Richards did score a brilliant goal at Tynecastle as Celtic all-but confirmed 5IAR. He took the ball down on his chest before thundering the half volley into the net to send Ronny Deila’s side on their way in the match.
Brendan Rodgers’ arrival meant Kazim-Richards was released but there were rumours of unrest caused by ‘The Big Z’ before his departure was confirmed. His goal return and general work rate placed him in the unwanted bracket of a poor signing. Although, Kazim-Richards did play his part in the club winning the league, albeit a small part.
Kazim-Richards now plays for CF Pachuca in Liga MX, having had five clubs since he left Celtic four years ago.