Just like he did whilst at Feyenoord, Ronny Deila believes Colin Kazim-Richards won’t put up with any negativity about him or the club.
Celtic’s third and final signing of the transfer window was completed on deadline day on a free transfer from the Dutch side on a two-and-a-half-year-deal.
History tells us the 29-year-old has had several altercations with the journalists who have questioned his attitude as well as fall-outs with managers and team-mates.
He was also found guilty of making a homophobic gesture towards fans of one of his 10 former clubs Brighton whilst at Blackburn Rovers.
Deila however, is relishing the challenge to work with the Turkish international having turned round the career of Leigh Griffiths – who also arrived at Celtic with baggage and under a cloud of doubt.
Since then the 25-year-old striker has scored 54 goals, 27 of those this season and put his controversial past behind him.
As quoted by the Scotsman, he jokingly said:
You know why I brought him in – you saw the last story about him! I’ll maybe not be here, but he will be with you!
However on a more serious note, the Norwegian manager is looking to do much the same with Kazim-Richards as he did with Griffiths.
I trust what I saw and heard. I think all good players sometimes have a bit of a special personality. It just needs to be controlled in the right way.
What I like about Kazim is that he works hard on the pitch. He is very aggressive and very good at holding the ball up. But he has a personality and to play for Celtic, you need a personality.
I think he has a personality which can help the youngsters, to say ‘Hey, come on, we are going out to win this game’. That’s also a role he had a year ago at Feyenoord.
During his 11 year career, Kazim-Richards has scored 54 goals in 406 appearances for club and country and will need to convince almost all of the fans that he is the right man to come to Paradise.
He will be given the chance to do so, like every player that has donned the Hoops before him, and can hopefully put his own past behind him to help Celtic and their fans back to the Champions League.