13 Apr McAvennie: Kazim-Richards can’t handle Old Firm derby
By Craig Turnbull
Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie believes Colin Kazim-Richards doesn’t have the temperament required to handle the hostilities of an Old Firm derby.
Attacker Kazim-Richards, who gained a controversial reputation before joining Celtic, could start against Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on Sunday.
The 29-year-old was fortunate to avoid a red card which would have ruled him out of the semi-final after TV pictures appeared to show him grabbing Motherwell defender Kieran Kennedy by the throat at the weekend.
McAvennie, who was sent off in his first Old firm game after 14 minutes following an altercation with Rangers goalkeeper Chris Woods, understands that players can get caught up in the occasion.
And he believes it is that type of behaviour seen against Motherwell that makes Kazim-Richards vulnerable to being wound up by his opponents and in danger of being sent off.
“I don’t think he’s got the temperament for the game,” he said. “I’ve got a great temperament and I got sent off after 14 minutes so he could maybe beat that record!
“I think he could be trouble. He’s a livewire, isn’t he? He could get sent off at any time. I think you’ve got to be careful of that.
“I think Ronny Deila took him off at the weekend because he could have been sent off against Motherwell.
“If they wind him up then who knows. We’re old school, I would have wound him up fever pitch and I suppose some of the players will do that.
“I’m sure there will be a few wind-ups. Scott Brown will be winding the Rangers players up so it should be a spectacle.”