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Rangers v Celtic Scottish Cup semi-final: McAvennie in Old Firm warning to fiery Colin Kazim-Richards

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Fiery: Celtic’s Colin Kazim-Richards
Fiery: Celtic’s Colin Kazim-Richards

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie claims the Hoops cannot afford to risk Colin Kazim-Richards during Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.

McAvennie - who ended up in court after his Old Firm debut red card - feels the Turkey international will be a liability if he features against the Gers at Hampden.

The recent signing, who has netted once in 11 games for Celtic, was booked at Fir Park on Saturday after kicking the ball away when he discovered he was being substituted.

The forward, who snubbed a handshake with manager Ronny Deila as he left the pitch, had just evaded punishment following a clash with Motherwell defender Kieran Kennedy.

McAvennie said: "I don't think the boy Richards is good enough and he could be trouble. God, he is a livewire, isn't he? He could get sent off at any time.

"I think he (Deila) took him off because he could have got a red card. I've got a great temperament and I got sent off after 14 minutes. He could beat that record."

McAvennie was sent off at Ibrox in 1987 after going in late on Chris Woods, and was later acquitted in court of "behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace" after appearing alongside the Rangers keeper plus Terry Butcher and Graham Roberts.

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